A nanoelectronic device designed at Royal Holloway University of London will enable a new generation of magnetoencephalography (MEG) brain scanners. The HyQUID®, a magnetic field detector, retains the high sensitivity of the generic Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID).

The MEG scanner development is being undertaken by a new UK company, York Instruments Ltd. Backed financially by US-based investment, the development will allow MEG scanners to be produced at a reduced cost, providing wider accessibility.

“It has been surprising and immensely gratifying to see how quickly a device founded on fundamental, ground breaking quantum physics research at Royal Holloway is likely to generate impact in such an important area of human health and well-being,” said Professor Victor Petrashov in the Department of Physics.

York Instruments has been granted an exclusive license to use HyQUID®.