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Advanced quantum clock for real-world applications

Objective

Optical clocks are amazingly stable frequency standards, which would remain accurate to within one second over the age of the universe. Bringing these clocks from the lab to the market offers great opportunities for telecommunications, navigation, sensing, and science, but no commercial optical clock exists. Europe's world leading optical clock technology within academia and national metrology institutes combined with its strong photonics industry, provide us with a golden opportunity to take a leading position in this strategic technology.
With AQuRA we want to seize this opportunity and build up a sovereign, efficient industrial capability able to build the world’s most advanced quantum clocks. We will deliver the first industry-built, rugged and transportable optical clock with an accuracy that approaches the best laboratory clocks. Our work is based on the experience that many of us gained by building an optical clock with industry during the Quantum Flagship project iqClock (2018-2022). In AQuRA industry takes the lead and will deliver a 20x more accurate clock in a 3x smaller volume at TRL 7. This will be possible by combining our industry partners’ experience in rugged photonics products with the know-how of our world-leading academic and national metrology institute partners. We will build, strengthen and diversify the European supply chain of optical clock components, filling critical gaps in the supply chain, and thereby establish a sovereign, competitive industry for optical clocks. In particular we will develop the rugged laser sources, miniaturized optical interface circuits, and the atom source needed for an optical clock, all of which will also become products on their own. Partner Menlo Systems will integrate these components with their ultrastable laser system into the AQuRA optical clock. We will accelerate market uptake by demonstrating our clock's usefulness to applications in telecom, geodesy and metrology, and by engaging with end users.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Net EU contribution
€ 2 560 195,00
Address
Spui 21
1012WX Amsterdam
Netherlands

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West-Nederland Noord-Holland Groot-Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00

Participants (8)

MENLO SYSTEMS GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 1 649 947,25
Address
Bunsenstrasse 5
82152 Planegg Martinsried

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Bayern Oberbayern München, Landkreis
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 707 120,25
NKT PHOTONICS A/S
Denmark
Net EU contribution
€ 498 750,00
Address
Blokken 84
3460 Birkerod

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Danmark Hovedstaden Nordsjælland
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 213 750,00
IXBLUE
France
Net EU contribution
€ 316 750,00
Address
34 Rue De La Croix De Fer
78100 Saint Germain En Laye

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Yvelines
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 135 750,00
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
Net EU contribution
€ 862 247,50
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
UNIWERSYTET MIKOLAJA KOPERNIKA W TORUNIU
Poland
Net EU contribution
€ 342 500,00
Address
Ul. Jurija Gagarina 11
87100 Torun

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Makroregion północny Kujawsko-pomorskie Bydgosko-toruński
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
QUIX QUANTUM BV
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 336 000,00
Address
Hengelosestraat 500
7521 AN Enschede

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Oost-Nederland Overijssel Twente
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 144 000,00
VEXLUM OY
Finland
Net EU contribution
€ 491 837,50
Address
Kauhakorvenkatu 53 B
33710 Tampere

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Manner-Suomi Länsi-Suomi Pirkanmaa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 210 787,50
PHYSIKALISCH-TECHNISCHE BUNDESANSTALT
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 427 500,00
Address
Bundesallee 100
38116 Braunschweig

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Niedersachsen Braunschweig Braunschweig, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Research Organisations
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€ 0,00