(BBC.com) A team of Scottish scientists has developed a unique high-precision laser at a size, portability and low cost that make it a global first. The device is the size of a pack of playing cards and is one-tenth the cost of competing lasers.
The device can be used in new applications such as precision clocks and sensors. These are examples of quantum technology, which applies the principles of quantum mechanics to everyday life. Quantum mechanics deals with physics at the most fundamental level – tiny packets of energy and subatomic particles.
The new laser was created by the Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics at Strathclyde University in Glasgow. They approached the Glasgow centre because they wanted to create a new line of products. The possible applications include the next generation of sat-nav systems and new types of telecoms.