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EPSRC Reference: EP/R008558/1
Title: Quantum Geonium Mass Sensor. A route to market feasibility
Principal Investigator: Verdu Galiana, Dr JL
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Department: Sch of Mathematical & Physical Sciences
Organisation: University of Sussex
Scheme: Technology Programme
Starts: 01 July 2017 Ends: 30 June 2018 Value (£): 57,017
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The geonium chip is a novel superconducting ion trap implemented on a chip of a few square cm. This pioneering chip Penning trap has been developed at the Centre for Quantum Technologies of the University of Sussex by a team leadered by Dr Jose Verdu. The geonium chip enables several exciting applications in quantum technologies. One is the implementation of a detector of microwave radiation with ultimate sensitivity, i.e. at the single photon level. Within this project we will focus on the application of the chip as an ultra-accurate mass analyser, capable of measuring the mass of a particle -from atoms to complex molecules- with very high acuracy. Mass Spectrometry is an analytical technique vastly used in chemistry, biotechnology, food and safety monitoring, pharmaceutics, genomics, proteomics, and many others. Its academic and economic importance is thoroughly documented by the British Mass Spectrometry Society (www.bmss.org.uk). The global market amounts to £ 1.5 billion/year, with expected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.9% in 2012-2017. In this project, a team of scientists, engineers and managers, coordinated by Polestar Consulting Ltd, will investigate the feasibility of a full mass analyser system based upon the geonium chip. The team will also include ICEOxford a world-leader in cryogenic technologies.

We will investigate the feasibility of commercialising the geonium chip quantum technology as a Fourier Transform - Ion Cyclotron Resonance (FT-ICR) Mass Analyser. The chip is a novel ion trap quantum technology developed by the University of Sussex. It enables a revolutionary chip-size mass spectrometer (MS), with mass resolution and accuracy similar to the most anvanced conventional FT-ICR systems currently available, but eliminating the need for a "room-size" and extremely expensive superconducting magnet. This unique feature will enable proliferation of the use of ultra-accurate mass analysis by reducing the capital outlay and footprint, makin the technology more deployable and increasing the potential applications. We will investigate the technical and economic feasibility of a compact cryogenic product based upon the requirements of the geonium chip. We will engage with potential end users to determine the market requirements and suitable applications for the geonium chip mass analyser. We will prepare data and business case material to enabe discussions with potential established MS vendors and investigate commercial routes to market our pioneering quantum mass analyser.
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