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Quantum Computing Inc. Launches First Quantum Photonic Vibrometer


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  • Quantum Computing Inc. announced the release of the Quantum Photonic Vibrometer, or QPV.
  • This device is an instrument for remote vibration detection, sensing and inspection.
  • It can be used for material recognition, increased control, infrastructure integrity and preventive industrial maintenance.

PERS CONFERENCE – Quantum Computing Inc. (“QCi” or “Company”) (NASDAQ: QUBT), the first nanophotonics-based quantum technology company to go to market, today announced the release of its first series Quantum Photonic Vibrometer (QPV), a proprietary and robust instrument for remote vibration detection, sensing and inspection. The device is the first quantum-accelerated photonic vibrometer available on the market today and offers significant advances in sensitivity, speed and resolution, being able to distinguish for the first time, highly blurred and non-line-of-sight objects. Military and commercial applications are numerous in the areas of material recognition, enhanced surveillance, infrastructure integrity and preventive industrial maintenance – all at safe distances and minimal optical energy/power requirements. Starting today, QCi is taking orders. Additional detailed information regarding the Quantum Photonic Vibrometer can be found on the QCi website Here.

dr. William McGann, QCi’s Chief Operating and Technology Officer commented, “We developed QPV in response to the gaps in the market and the serious needs expressed by our customers. The capacity of optical detection and imaging technologies is constantly evolving to keep pace with emerging and evolving sensing needs. In particular, the desire to see around corners and through underwater, underground, and aerial obstructions with sufficient resolution and accuracy is invaluable for autonomous and machine vision technologies when direct line of sight is not possible, or split-second decision making is required for preventive safety measures. As part of our large quantum photonic detection and reach business unit, our technology readiness is rapidly developing critical devices capable of generating accurate and clear data from highly obscured and non-line-of-sight objects from a safe distance with the ability to locate hidden objects by their natural vibrational frequency or in response to acoustic signals.”

The Quantum Photonic Vibrometer is a first-of-its-kind proprietary system that harnesses the power of single photon detection—as enhanced by our quantum endeavor—to offer significant advantages over current vibrometer systems and applications available today. The first version of the QPV measures the vibrational frequency of a remote target using fast gate photon counting to directly detect a returning photon whose wave function is dynamically modulated as it is reflected from the target. This is in contrast to optical coherence tomographs or related methods, where local reference beam and optical interference measurements are required, and thus cannot achieve single-photon sensitivity. QPV eliminates background noise and isolates the specific characteristics of the target object, enables the system to interrogate the properties of the target material at various depths and can provide surface characteristics as well as volumetric information. Also, counting photons at the speed of megahertz, important properties such as material composition and mechanical integrity can be determined in seconds and, depending on the detection distance, with microwatts to milliwatts of optical power. Working at eye-safe wavelengths, the QPV can accurately characterize the vibration spectra of solid or liquid targets with vibration amplitudes as small as 100 nanometers. QPV can detect remotely through obscure media or around corners where there is no line of sight, implying new capabilities in remote sensing, speech recognition and ex vivo diagnostics.

The QPV is much faster and more sensitive than any other vibrometer available today. This collects and provides significantly more data and differentiating characteristics on each target, such as the specific material or metal type, distance and altitude, target volume or size, sound or sound reconstruction, and anomaly detection and tracking. This level of accuracy and detail of information can advance military, commercial, and humanitarian applications in several currently known challenge areas, including remote landmine detection, remote audio and voice surveillance, archaeological mapping, recognition of materials from certain metals to plastics, metal fatigue, and the structural integrity of bridges, buildings, power plants, aircraft, and transportation fleets. Remarkably, QCi’s QPV offers more secure surveillance and detection by transmitting data from greater distances, around corners, through environmental obstacles including underwater or enclosed media including tinted glass, and under hazardous conditions. QPV is offered as a stand-alone device or can easily be integrated with other products to enhance capabilities.

McGann continued, “QPV’s most important job is to sense something that can be obscured and communicate info/intel about it – without having to be physically near it. At its initial launch, the QCi QPV-1.0 system offering performed at an impressive level, however, we have plans for further optimization. The product development roadmap will provide a clear path for the continued advancement of core technologies and products from current versions using discrete quantum optics and non-linear optical components to integrated “System on Chip” designs. Enhanced applications will follow from the increased sensitivity, resolution and speed (detection) provided by these advances and will translate into enhanced product platform capabilities. Later versions will offer advances in remote sensing that cover even greater distances, minimize device footprint and weight, and optimize data collection in increasingly challenging environmental conditions (underground, underwater, and at altitudes attached to drones, aircraft or spacecraft).

“The launch of QCi’s Quantum Photonic Vibrometer demonstrates the breadth of our growing product line. Leveraging our core competencies, we achieved high speed, single photon sensitivity and strong noise rejection which enabled us to develop innovative and cost-effective quantum solutions for remote sensing applications capable of coping with challenging operational environments, such as long distances, low visibility and background interference. In essence, we are creating a new class of highly sensitive instruments to detect and gather valuable information about a target object or environment from a distance. It is our goal that the QPV series will achieve best-in-class status for size, weight, performance, cost-effectiveness, and be recognized as the world’s most sensitive long-range vibrometer product line on the market,” commented Robert Liscouski, CEO of Quantum Computing Inc. Based on my experience during my tenure as Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection in the Department of Homeland Security, QPV addresses needs across the domain of private infrastructure. Uses ranging from assessing the integrity of bridges, dams, pipelines and other critical infrastructure make the ability to spot weaknesses and potential points of failure a measurable possibility that can save lives and avoid hundreds of millions of dollars in losses from unknown failures.”

For additional information on enterprise solution suites, please visit the QCI website.


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