Quantum Hardware For Positioning, Navigation, Atomic Clocks & Inertial Sensors are The Way Forward For California Team

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Near-Term Products

When Jamil Abo-Shaeer, Matthew Cashen and Martin Boyd founded Vector Atomic in 2018, they had in mind the development and commercialization of quantum technology for applications such as computing, telecommunications and GPS-free navigation. Using the remarkable qualities of quantum systems, the Pleasanton, California startup hopes to come up with near-term products while also providing consulting and engineering services to its customer base.

In addition to Vector Atomic’s technical services, the startup also offers the following:

 — Quantum hardware solutions for positioning, navigation & timing (PNT)

 — Next-generation atomic clocks to reduce reliance on GPS and to enable new capabilities in positioning, communications, and coherent radar/lidar

 — Inertial sensors [which] provide positioning when GPS is unavailable. […] Vector Atomic’s inertial sensors can provide GPS-level positioning for hours compared to tens of minutes for conventional technologies

Team of Three

CEO at Vector Atomic is Abo-Shaeer. With a Ph.D. from MIT in physics, there is no greater validation that the startup’s leader has that magic ‘something’ to take his team and their ideas to the next level of business and research development. Stints at Booz Allen Hamilton as an advisor to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) before leaving for the said agency as a program manager brought him to leading developer and manufacturer of quantum technologies company AOSense as vice president of strategic planning.

We are experts in lasers and optics, electronics, vacuum systems, mechanical design, and systems engineering

— Vector Atomic

Cashen, the startup’s chief scientist, has a Ph.D. in physics from New York State’s Stony Brook University. With several years’ experience in industry as principal physicist at Raytheon, he also worked with Abo-Shaeer at AOSense as vice president of R&D.

With a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Colorado Boulder, Boyd is Vector Atomic’s chief engineer. An ingenious optical and electronic systems architect with nearly two decades’ worth of experience in atomic and optical physics research with an emphasis on atomic clocks, sensors, laser systems, he brings the scientific practicality to the startup’s overall commercial vision.

Vector Atomic


With its tight team of engineers and administrative support working hard to develop a minimum viable product and a future customer base which can trust Vector Atomic’s offerings of atomic clocks and inertial sensors, the months and years ahead will be crucial for Abo-Shaeer, Cashen and Boyd.

James Dargan
James Dargan
James Dargan is a contributor at The Quantum Daily. His focus is on the QC startup ecosystem and he writes articles on the space that have a tone accessible to the average reader

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