Benefit from our innovative equipment

Small and medium-sized businesses have the unique opportunity of accessing specialist, technical equipment through the new Quantum Technology Innovation Hub (QTIH) at the University of Birmingham.

The Hub is hosted by the Centre for Innovation in Advanced Measurement in Manufacturing (CIAMM) in partnership with the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). It offers free access to specialist equipment to enable research, experimentation and detailed product testing for a wide range of businesses, particularly in the engineering, manufacturing, photonics and telecommunications sectors. The following Quantum Technology Innovation Hub equipment is available through the CIAMM project. Should any of the listed equipment be of interest to you please contact Julian Moore, CIAMM Business Engagement Manger.

Tunable Cateye 679nm Laser

The MOGLabs cateye diode laser is an external cavity diode laser using a cat eye reflector and ultra narrow filter.

Key features and available support

Key features:Tunable Cateye 679nm Laser

  • Operate in continuous wave (cw) mode
  • Low noise of 0.02% RMS or better between 100 Hz and 10 MHz
  • More than 15 W power output
  • Less than 20 kHz spectral width
  • Long-term power stability of ±2% or better

Available support:

  • Laser operation training
  • Laser characteristics measurement, i.e. laser power, wavelength etc
  • Creation of optical dipole trap
  • Bose-Einstein condensation experimentation

Tunable Cateye 707nm Laser

The MOGLabs cateye diode laser is an external cavity diode laser using a cat eye reflector and an ultra narrow filter.

Key features and available support

Key features:Tunable Cateye 707nm Laser

  • Wide range tunability 697 – 710 nm
  • Narrow linewidth < 300 kHz
  • High bandwidth direct modulation
  • Low frequency-noise
  • Acoustically inert and passively stable

Available support:

  • Ideal for quantum optics
  • Fast wavelength modulation
  • Thermal tuning
  • Free space or fibre output in a robust packaging

Dipole Laser

A high-power fibre laser at 1 μm used to create optical dipole trap for Sr Bose-Einstein condensates.

Key features and available support

Key features:Dipole Laser

  • Operate in continuous wave (cw) mode
  • Low noise of 0.02% RMS or better between 100 Hz and 10 MHz
  • More than 15 W power output
  • Less than 20 kHz spectral width
  • Long-term power stability of ±2% or better

Available support:

  • Laser operation training
  • Laser characteristics measurement, i.e. laser power, wavelength etc
  • Creation of optical dipole trap
  • Bose-Einstein condensation experimentation

Frequency Comb

Based on a low-noise erbium fibre mode-locked laser, the frequency comb allows you to measure absolute optical frequencies and stabilise continuous wave lasers.

Key features and available support

Key features:Frequency Comb

  • Stability: 8e-18 in 1s and 5e-20 in 1000s (when locked to suitable optical reference) and 1e-13 in 1s (when locked to RF oscillator reference)
  • Accuracy: 1e-18 for tau > 100 s (locked to suitable optical reference) and 1e-14 for tau > 100 s (locked to RF oscillator reference)
  • Carrier-envelope phase noise: <40 mrad [100 Hz - 2 MHz] and < 65 mrad [70 mHz - 20 MHz]
  • Centre wavelength: 1560 nm; Comb spacing: 80 MHz; Outputs: 4 carrier-envelope offset free outputs, each with > 10 mW power and > 20 nm bandwidth
  • Linewidth@1560nm: < 1Hz and Bandwidth of repetition frequency lock >450 kHz when locked to suitable optical reference.

Available support:

  • Equipment training
  • Frequency comparisons
  • Laser wavelength stabilisation
  • Cold atom manipulation experimentation
  • Research-led/investigative services

Frequency Doubled Telecom Laser System

The Koheras HARMONIK fibre laser system provides 8.5 W guaranteed, best effort to reach >9 residual power at 1,560nm with a unique combination of low noise, <0.2 kHz Lorentzian narrow linewidth , and excellent beam quality  M2 < 1.1.

Key features and available support

Key features:Frequency Doubled Telecoms Laser System

  • Ultra-low frequency and intensity noise
  • Excellent beam quality, M2 < 1.1
  • Temperature stabilized
  • Robust and maintenance-free
  • Simple Plug and Play operation

Available support:

  • Ideal for quantum optics
  • Fast wavelength modulation of 16 GHz
  • Thermal tuning of 0.5nm
  • Free space or fibre output at 780nm and 1,560nm in a robust packaging

Cateye Amplified 461nm Laser

The MOGLabs amplified laser is an integrated cateye laser seed and tapered amplifier.

Key features and available support

Key features:Cateye Amplified 461nm Laser

  • Wide range tunability 450 – 465 nm
  • High output power 1 W
  • High stability alignment
  • Replaceable TA diode
  • Astigmatic correction lens

Available support:

  • Ideal for quantum optics
  • Fast wavelength modulation
  • Thermal tuning
  • Free space or fibre output in a robust packaging

RF Spectrum Phase Noise Analyser

The R&S®FSWP phase noise analyser and VCO tester combines extremely low‑noise internal sources and cross‑correlation technology, delivering extremely high sensitivity for phase noise measurements.

Key features and available support

Key features:RF Spectrum Phase Noise Analyser

  • Frequency range from 1 MHz to 26.5 GHz
  • High sensitivity for phase noise measurements thanks to cross‑correlation and extremely low‑noise internal reference sources
  • Simultaneous measurement of amplitude noise and phase noise
  • Measurement of phase noise on pulsed sources at the push of a button
  • High measurement speed

Available support:

  • Low phase noise measurements
  • Pulsed signal measurements
  • Integrated high‑end signal and spectrum analysis

M2 SolsTiS Ti:Sapphire Laser

The award-winning SolsTiS is a step-change in continuous-wave Ti:Sapphire laser technology - compact, ultra-narrow linewidth, fully automated and widely tunable.

Key features and available support

Key features:M2 SolsTiS TiSapphire Laser

  • Continuous tuning from 700 - 1000 nm
  • Custom, low loss optics in the laser ring resonator enable output power levels >5 W
  • Ultra-narrow linewidths from <50 kHz absolute linewidth
  • Fully automated with wavelength tuning and locking

Available support:

  • Laser wavelength comparison testing
  • Laser linewidth comparison testing
  • Cold atom manipulation experimentation
  • Research-led/investigative services

Wavelength Meter

Based on a Fizeau interferometer, this wavelength meter allows you to compare the wavelength of a laser to another one locked by spectroscopy.

Key features and available support

Key features:Wavelength Meter

  • Unmatched absolute accuracy down to 2 MHz
  • Measurement ranges from UV to IR (330µm  – 1,180 µm)
  • For pulsed and continuous wave lasers
  • Sensitivity down to 80 nW light power
  • Up to 500 Hz acquisition speed

Available support:

  • Equipment training
  • Laser wavelength comparison testing
  • Cold atom manipulation experimentation
  • Research-led/investigative services

 Centre for Innovation in Advanced Measurement in Manufacturing partner logos including UK National Quantum Technology Hub, NPL, Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership and European Regional Development Fund.