Quantum Sensors

Quantum sensors are a rapidly developing technology. Advancements and innovation in the design and fabrication of quantum sensors, supported by national interest and investment, are producing cutting edge devices. Through the manipulation and exploitation of quantum phenomena such as particle spin, superconductivity, and quantum entanglement, these sensors push the precision and accuracy of measurements beyond the limitations of their classical counterparts. The resulting quantum enhancement opens new windows and enables new applications that were previously not possible.

What is C-CORE doing?

C-CORE continuously assesses, adapts, and incorporates new technologies into solutions for difficult problems. Recently, C-CORE addressed the Department of National Defence (DND) Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) challenge of detecting and monitoring marine mammals without the use of active acoustics by developing a concept to measure the magnetic fields arising from mammal-generated sea turbulence using quantum sensors. This safe and effective approach offers several advantages over conventional detection methods, such as continuous operation in a range of environmental and visibility conditions. Furthermore, this application can easily apply to other moving objects in the sea, such as boats, submarines, and torpedoes, providing a method for detecting dark targets and other threats.


What Does This Mean for Remote Sensing?

The application of quantum sensors to the detection of marine mammals highlights some of the opportunities that are introduced by novel quantum technologies as well as the innovative approaches that are developed at C-CORE.

Combined with a deep understanding of the physics, engineering, and problem space, quantum sensors will allow new and creative techniques to address gaps in remote sensing applications. As quantum technologies continue to advance and mature, C-CORE will welcome, incorporate, and apply them in new initiatives to solve challenging problems in remote sensing.