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Academic Partners

The HPRF Forum

This partnership between Academica and Industry experts – now integrated with ADS, explores the many potential applications for high power RF technology in a wide variety of markets, including: linear accelerators, radiography, broadcast and multi-media distribution, X-ray and electron medical therapy.

Innovate UK

UK National Quantum Technologies Programme
UK National Quantum Technologies Programme

FEMTO / FEMTO-AAD / FEMTO-2ND / QFC  Development of compact Atomic Clock products.

The challenge now is to develop robust physics packages able to withstand the end-user environment while optimising the electronic systems for performance, power, mass, volume and cost. Recognising the variety of applications for the new quantum clocks, the approach of FEMTO includes a number of innovations to maintain flexibility. There will likely not be a single optimum solution for any application; one may wish to have best performance (highest stability) or best efficiency (lowest power). FEMTO will allow the user to choose. There are no current commercial clocks with such capabilities.

TMD is currently working on QFC – Quantum Fibre Clock to realise a compact Atomic Clock with a Caesium Filled Hollow Core Fibre.

Partners: Chronos Technology Ltd and The University of Bath – see links below:

University of Bath

The following are links to specific projects:

Development of a compact Frequency Stabilised Laser module for Quantum and Cold Atom Research Applications.

Partners: Optocap Limited, Fraunhofer UK Research Limited – see links below:

Development of a Compact Magneto Optical Trap with integrated Grating.

The project aims to deliver a miniature, integrated magneto optical trap (MOT) chamber for use in portable cold atom technologies and markets. Kelvin Nanotechnology, TMD Technologies and the Universities of Strathclyde and Glasgow have teamed up to create a universal miniature cold atom trap device for deployable atomic based quantum technologies that will build on key processes developed by the partners. These processes include diffractive optics design and fabrication, innovative bonding and sealing methods, physics package encapsulation, complex alkali metal vapour filling techniques and performance evaluation methodologies. Integrating these individual technologies into a highly functional and low cost system will enable rigorous testing and qualification by industrial users for deployment in next generation quantum technology systems in a wide variety of applications and markets.

Partners: Kelvin Nanotechnology Limited, University of Strathclyde, University of Glasgow:
Kelvin Nanotechnology
University of Strathclyde
University of Glasgow

There is an important event taking place on 9th November 2018 – The National Quantum Technologies Showcase 2018 – see link below:
National Quantum Technologies Showcase 2018

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

TMD and Strathclyde University – Quantum KTP

TMD Technologies Ltd in association with The University of Strathclyde Ltd is seeking to appoint an experimental quantum/vacuum physicist to drive the translation of a novel, miniature, and self-contained atom-cooling platform for precision measurements.

Please see job application below:
Quantum KTP job specification

TMD and CDRM Research – Lead Free Solder KTP

In response to the requirements of new EU legislation “Restriction of Hazardous Substances” we have now completed a two year research and development programme to fully investigate lead free solder alternatives for PCB assembly;

This DTI funded project was undertaken as a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between TMD and CRDM Research, a Department of Buckinghamshire Chiltern University College.


DIagnostic Techniques for future particle Accelerators European NETwork. This network is run by the University of Heidelberg and is Euro-funded via the Marie Curie ITN scheme. The aim of the scheme is to train young engineers in RF technology to meet the requirement of the medical linear accelerator market. The network includes academic members and industry partners and TMD is working closely with Royal Holloway College, London University. We received our first students for training in 2008/9.


British Accelerator Science and Radiation Oncology Consortium

This ambitious consortium is concerned with establishing accelerator designs that are cheaper to build, more robust and flexible, compact and easier to operate; for the purposes of:

  • Basic research to study the origin of matter
  • Cancer treatment
  • In industry, to design advanced materials and electronic devices
  • Safe nuclear energy generation and waste disposal


TMD is an active member of the oPAC community (optimization of the performance of any Particle ACcelerator). Please see link to website below:

TMD also has close contact with the John Adams Institute in Oxford, one of the consortium members with whom we are sharing our expertise in very high power microwave tubes as part of the search for new accelerator designs.

London Development Agency- Secondment Into Knowledge

We recently took part in a LDA funded Secondment Into Knowledge project with Brunel University funded by the LDA. The project covered the scientific study of tungsten heater wire embrittlement.

Secondment into Knowledge projects are deigned to bring together Academic institutions and SMEs to mutual benefit.

We also have regular contact with:

Daresbury Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Cockcroft Institute of Accelerator Science & Technology
EW SME Group



We have supported students with First Degree and/or MSc Bursaries at the following universities:

  • Loughborough
  • Nottingham
  • Strathclyde

TMD provides financial support towards fees and accommodation and the opportunity for funded industry related project work carried out at the University or at TMD during vacations.

CASE Awards

We support a PhD CASE award at Oxford University.

Sponsored Studentships

A PhD student from Brunel university worked with TMD on a Field Emission Cathode project, won a prize for the best poster and is now employed by TMD on Quantum Projects.
Carbon Nanotubes

Vacation Students

We encourage students who wish to join us for their vacations, providing suitable projects can be found which match their skills.

Recently we have welcomed students from:

  • Cambridge University (Engineering Department)
  • Leicester University (Chemistry Department)
  • Strathclyde University
  • Nottingham University

Development Contracts

We have developed a special microwave nanosecond ‘kicker’ power amplifier for Oxford University’s John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science and the STFC Accelerator Science and Technology Centre.

We also have regular contact with:

  • Lancaster University
  • Surrey University