Quantum companies see cash injection: The week in brief: 08/07/22 | Business | photonics textbook

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Quantum computing start-up planqc closed a €4.6 million ($4.67 million) financing round led by UVC Partners and Speedinvest. Thanks to this funding, planqc will develop a highly scalable quantum computer operating at room temperature and based on atoms trapped in optical networks. The startup was founded by scientists from Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics and Ludwig Maximilians University.


Experimental installation of the future planqc quantum computer at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics. Courtesy of Axel Griesch/MPQ.


BRUSSELS – PROVENa spin-off project TU Dresdenwon the Photonics21 Innovation Award at the Photonics Partnership Annual Meeting. The PRUUVE (Phosphorescent Response Under UV Excitation) project saw the development of UV sensor sheets for the precise measurement of UV doses in industrial applications such as air, water and surface sterilization, or for the curing of coatings, printing inks, paints, and adhesives. The foils are attached directly to the surfaces or components to be irradiated where they allow optical control of the UV dose.

TEL-AVIV, Israel — Quantum source, a quantum computing startup, raised $15 million in a seed funding round. The company seeks to scale quantum computers to millions of qubits using photonics technology. The company was founded by Barak Dayan, head of the quantum optics laboratory at the Weizmann Institute of Science, along with technical executives Oded Melamed, Gil Semo and Dan Charash.

ENSCHEDE, Netherlands — Quantum QuiXa producer of quantum processors, secured a €5.5 million ($5.6 million) investment from PhotonDelta, FORWARD.one and Oost NL. This funding marks PhotonDelta’s first major investment since securing €1.1 billion in investment to develop the Dutch photonics ecosystem. QuiX plans to launch a full-system photonic quantum computer based on its 20 qumode processor in early 2023 and launch a next-generation 50 qumode processor in 2023. The funding follows the appointment of Stefan Hengesbach as CEO of QuiX .

HAMAMATSU, Japan — Hamamatsu Photonics completed the construction of a building on the site of its Joko plant. The project will meet the company’s intention to increase its production capacity to 1.7 times its current level. The building provides expanded space for the integration of production functions such as the assembly and adjustment of digital cameras for scientific measurements and digital slide scanners for pathology. Started in April 2021, the building cost around 2.2 billion yen ($16 million). Facility operations will begin in August.

RANDOLPH, NJ — Douglas Electrical Components acquired Electronic Products Inc. (EPI), a supplier of custom and off-the-shelf electronics packages for applications spanning radio frequency and microwave, wireless, optical, vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL), laser diode and power semiconductor. The acquisition enables the companies to provide a full range of hermetic products and technologies. EPI will remain in its current location and continue to be led by its existing management team.

BURLINGTON, Mass. — Vulcan Forms, an MIT spin-off developing digital manufacturing infrastructure, has raised $355 million and is valued at over $1 billion. The company unveiled its first two digital production facilities, in Devens, Mass., and Newburyport, Mass. Devens’ facility, VulcanOne, is powered by a number of VulcanForms 100kW class powder bed laser fusion additive manufacturing systems, which will allow for a total of over 2mW of laser capacity. The Newburyport plant focuses on automated precision machining and assembly operations.

Installing VulcanForms in Devens, Massachusetts.  Courtesy of VulcanForms.


Installing VulcanForms in Devens, Mass. Courtesy of VulcanForms.


WASHINGTON, DC – The second of Nasait is James Webb Space TelescopeThe four main science instruments, known as the Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI), have completed their post-launch preparations and are ready for operation. The last MIRI mode to check was its coronagraphic imaging capability, which uses two different styles of masks to intentionally block starlight from reaching its sensors when attempting to observe planets orbiting the star. After MIRI’s post-launch commissioning activities are complete, the Webb team will continue to focus on the remaining two modes on its other instruments. The first color images and spectroscopic data from the telescope are expected on July 12.

Artist's impression of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope.  Courtesy of NASA.


Artist’s impression of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. Courtesy of NASA.


TOKYO— AGC Si-Techsubsidiary of a manufacturer of glass, chemicals and materials GAClaunched an integrated brand, RESIFA, for its silica-based products. Although the product brands of existing silica products such as SUNSPHERE will remain unchanged, RESIFA will become the integrated brand that will unite AGC Si-Tech’s silica product line and drive the further development of its silica business.

CARDIFF, Wales — The Translational research center (TRH), host of Institute of Compound Semiconductors and Cardiff Institute of Catalysis (CCI), open. The 129,000 square foot facility includes laboratories, offices, collaborative spaces, a clean room and a state-of-the-art microscopy suite. TRH was supported by donors from the UK and Wales.

FREIBURG, Germany — Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF (Fraunhofer IAF) completed the construction of two buildings to expand its research infrastructure and support the development of semiconductor technologies. The buildings are a laboratory dedicated to optoelectronic metrology and quantum detection, as well as an organo-metallic chemical vapor deposition facility. The buildings were funded by the German Federal Government, the Land of Baden-Württemberg and the German Federal Ministry of Defence.

JUPTER, Florida — JENOPTIK optical systems announced two scholarships for Indian River State College (CIHR) students pursuing the Laser Photonics program. The scholarships are available for application through the CIHR Foundation Scholarship Portal for all incoming or current students in the Laser Photonics Option of the Associate’s Degree in Electronic Engineering Technology program in Fall 2022. The deadline for application is July 29.

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