ALPhANOV, the optical and laser technology centre of the Aquitaine Laser Route competitiveness cluster, and MuQuans, a Bordeaux start-up specializing in high-precision instruments based on the so-called cold atom technology, have just announced a technology transfer agreement. This agreement concerns fibrous laser sources, emitting at 780 nm, developed by ALPhANOV's research and development teams.
Thanks to this transfer, MuQuans will now be able to manufacture these lasers, which it uses to cool a cloud of atoms trapped in a vacuum chamber to a temperature close to absolute zero. It is on this principle of quantum physics that has been developed its range of high-tech instrumentation capable of measuring gravity with extreme precision or providing unparalleled time references in terms of stability and accuracy. This technology transfer allows MuQuans to accelerate the marketing of its instruments and ALPhANOV to fulfil its role in supporting photonics start-ups and in the development of the industrial activity of the Laser Route competitiveness cluster.
For Benoit Appert-Collin, director of ALPhANOV, who has been with MuQuans since its inception in 2011, "this technology transfer is the culmination of a collaboration and support that has been engaged since the creation of MuQuans in 2011 and is entirely part of ALPhANOV's mission to support the creation of companies in the field of photonics." Bruno Desruelle, President of MuQuans, said: "The skills and resources available by ALPhANOV have been essential to enable us to progress in the development and industrialization of the laser technologies needed for our instruments. It is clear that our progress would have been much more difficult without this collaboration. This transfer will allow us to internalize a know-how essential to our business. »
The technology centre and the start-up are also continuing to collaborate on several other collaborative projects, including GRAVITER, a DGA-funded project to develop a quantum field gravimeter, and MIGA, a project on the detection of gravitational waves by matter waves.
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