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Cold atom chip for quantum technologies on show at world's biggest tech show

Published: 8 January 2021
Caption: The Southampton technology miniaturises conventional cold atom setups.

Innovative technologies developed by researchers at the University of Southampton will be unveiled in an online edition of the world’s largest and most influential technology show, CES 2021.

Aquark Technologies, founded by quantum physicist Dr Andrei Dragomir, has developed a miniaturised cold atom system that will help enable the next generation of revolutionary technologies.

The business is one of eight startups exhibiting at CES 2021 through Future Worlds, the on-campus startup accelerator at the University of Southampton.

Aquark Technologies builds upon cutting-edge research in the School of Physics and Astronomy's Quantum, Light and Matter Group.

Unlike modern electronics, which rely on the manipulation of electrons, quantum devices tap into the potential of new physics exploring tiny energy levels of atoms and sub-atomic particles. Aquark Technologies' innovation vastly reduces the size of a core component of quantum technology, turning these incredible but complex devices into simple to use, plug-and-play systems.

"The emerging generation of quantum devices will revolutionise countless industries," Andrei says. "Aquark Technologies’ miniaturised cold atom system can accomplish all the tasks of the conventional system for a fraction of the weight, size and power requirements."

CES usually takes place in Las Vegas and attracts over 170,000 visitors who flock to see the newest technology being showcased by the 4,000+ tech firms in attendance. 2021 sees the event go all-digital, taking the global reach of CES wider than ever before.

Future Worlds is returning to CES for a sixth consecutive year as the UK’s only exhibiting university.

Current University of Southampton startups being exhibited at CES 2021 also include Absolar, an AI-powered software that simulates solar radiation to inform renewable energy decisions, ArchAI, a deep learning tool for construction planners to automate archaeology assessments, Inpulse, smart clothing to correct muscle imbalances and improve sports performance, and Sentient Sports, an AI platform that assists football managers by predicting how players will perform.

Ben Clark, Future Worlds Director, says: "We are very excited as Southampton steps up as the only university representing the UK at CES for a sixth consecutive year. The startups we have selected to exhibit are inspirational future leaders in their field, destined to make a huge change in the world of AI and quantum.

"More startups than ever before are exhibiting with Future Worlds at this year’s CES, reflecting the immeasurable vision, talent and determination to push through the pandemic to help create a more sustainable, connected and healthy world to come."

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