Technologies to License

We develop a large range of technologies that have applications beyond our laboratories, which may be of interest to your company.


The list below is available to license through Oxford University Innovation.

Nuclear quadrupole resonance sensor for safer wireless power
Oxford researchers have developed an elegant safety solution that uses nuclear quadrupole resonance to detect biological material within the WPT magnetic field. The device can differentiate between human and animal tissue and may provide feedback to a kill-switch for the WPT system. This approach is affordable and more reliable than existing radar-based solutions.

A compact and robust cold-atom source for quantum technologies
Oxford researchers have designed a compact magneto-optical trap with identical mirrors and mounts, making it easier to manufacture and fit inside standard size vacuum tubing. Unlike previous devices, the size of the hole through which the atoms emerge is adjustable. This adds the ability to tailor the beam of cold atoms to meet the requirements of different users.

3D laser spectrometer
A novel technology using spectroscopy to capture multiple two-dimensional spectral images from a single capture with higher light throughput. The 3D laser spectrometer design is built upon the concept from an emerging field of compressed sensing to make it possible to retrieve 3D spectral information from a screen/camera.

Self-certified random number generator
A new method for random number generation that is fast, compact, and can be manufactured at low cost. It is a completely optical system that extracts theoretical information securely using randomness from any light source compatible with its detection technology. It also provides certification against attempts to influence the randomness by tampering with the light source, making it even more secure for encryption and trading applications. The certification scheme requires no moving parts and is suitable for use with low-cost photodiodes and works with any light source.

Integrated optical quantum memory for ultra-fast information processing
This patented Quantum memory works at the interface between light and matter allowing for the storage and retrieval of photonic quantum information, analogous to the memory in a normal computer. The quantum memory allows a system to store quantum information without measuring it; once measured, the information ceases to exist as a quantum state and becomes classical information. This memory has applications in the world of both quantum and classical computing.

An optimal beam splitter layout for universal multiport interferometers
Oxford Physicists have developed a new method for implementing universal multiport interferometers, which uses a more compact mesh of beam splitters. This new design is demonstrably optimal in terms of compactness of the mesh of beam splitters and will be used to improve both quantum computation and signal processing capabilities.

Novel signal cross coupling method
The Oxford-developed signal coupler can replace the traditional, bulky cross-waveguide coupler, as well as the freestanding dielectric beam splitter in heterodyne astronomy receivers, and has applications within satellites, telecommunications and radar, and large power distribution networks such as multiple-path phase array networks.

Non-degenerate Travelling Wave Parametric Amplifier
This invention could be used any situation where an ultra-low noise amplification method is needed (astronomical instruments, qubit experiments) in addition to possible uses as an ultra-low noise mixer.

Fluid Monitoring Applications

Concentrating Solar Energy

High Density protein nanoarray

Calibrating Quantum Detectors

Smooth Walled Feed Horn Antennas

Ion Detector

Pixel imaging mass spectrometry

Coherent Conversion between Optical and Microwave Photons in Rydberg Gases
Oxford researchers have developed a device that enables coherent interconversion between microwave and optical photons. This invention has numerous applications across the spectrum of quantum technology, including powerful signal processing, detection of hidden metal objects, subcutaneous cancer detection, and in communication channels enabling a scalable network of superconducting quantum bits for computing.

Wireless radiation detector
Researchers at Oxford Physics have successfully produced a radioactivity detector using a PiN diode that is smaller and affordable to produce than the traditionally used Geiger counter. The device is also able to provide energy discrimination of incoming particles. Furthermore, Bluetooth technology allows this device to link to a phone or a computer generating a more convenient way to monitor radioactivity levels. These detectors show promise in environmental radioactivity monitoring.