Once fully developed, atomic clocks, a key research area for the UK National Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology, will prove to be a game-changer for the defence industry. They will have a huge advantage over existing oscillator technology in terms of reducing noise, thus being incredibly accurate in detecting small, slow moving objects such as drones.

Our work in distributed radar systems – using optical clocks – will also transform the defence sector, as they will enable the detection of stealth objects. Our consideration to manufacturing and practical application means that the end-user products will work better, cheaper and faster than current technology.

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