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Dr Jonathan Leach

Dr Jonathan Leach

Assistant Professor, Quantum Imaging Hub, Heriot-Watt University

Jonathan is an Assistant Professor at Heriot-Watt University and the Quantum Imaging Hub which brings together the Universities of Glasgow, Bristol, Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt, Oxford and Strathclyde. The Hub’s vision is to work in partnership with industry to translate world-leading discovery science into revolutionary imaging systems that will benefit the UK economy across commercial, scientific and security sectors. One project uses cheap, simple single-pixel sensors to build sophisticated ultraviolet or infrared video images much more affordably and conveniently than has been possible before. The sensors could be used in applications such as visualising gas leaks, seeing clearly through smoke, or looking under skin for tumours. A second project will use springs ten times thinner than a human hair to image minute changes in gravity fields. The work will enable a range of applications, including finding landmines, tracking magma moving under volcanoes and monitoring oil reserves to maximise extraction. A third project has developed a new camera that uses highly advanced photon-timing techniques to recognise objects around corners, as well as images through walls or opaque biological tissue.

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