UK invests in quantum well, 2D magnetic sensors

November 16, 2017 // By Peter Clarke
InnovateUK, the UK government's innovation agency, has made a £367,000 project award for a consortium based around the Compound Semiconductor Centre to investigate developing magnetic sensors in gallium arsenide and gallium nitride.

The project – called CS MAGIC for Compound Semiconductor MAGnetic Integrated Circuits – is due to last 14 months and is a feasibility study with the aim of delivering integrated sensor prototypes at the chip level.

The work will be based on quantum well Hall effect (QWHE) magnetic sensing technology developed by Professor Mohamed Missous, founder of Advanced Hall Sensors Ltd (AHS) and a high electron mobility transistor (magHEMT) gallium nitride device developed by Petar Igic at Swansea University.

The consortium comprises Compound Semiconductor Center Ltd. (Cardiff, Wales) Advanced Hall Sensors Ltd. (Manchester, England), The Welding Institute Technology Centre (Port Talbot, Wales), Renishaw plc (Edinburgh) and Swansea University. It will work to deliver commercial grade sensors for applications including automotive current sensing, high resolution metrology, non-destructive inspection and test, and security screening applications.

"AHS has had considerable success in commercialising the core technology with over 15 million discrete sensors shipped to date, and this project will extend the functionality of sensing platform for harsh environment and ultra-wide dynamic range requirements to service a $3 billion market in magnetic sensing solutions," said Professor Missous, in a statement issued by CSC.

Wyn Meredith, director of CSC, commented, "This project will deliver an 'all UK' developed and manufactured solution which leverages world-class compound semiconductor materials and device expertise in the consortium matched with the deep applications understanding of TWI and Renishaw." 

Related links and articles:

www.compoundsemiconductorcentre.com

www.ahsltd.com

www.twi-global.com

www.renishaw.com

www.swansea.ac.uk

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