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Quantum sensor technologies and applications

Objective

This training network focuses on the development of modern quantum sensors based on precision measurements of inertial forces, electro-magnetic fields, and time. Important ideas and major contributions to current research in this field have originated from atomic physics and quantum optics. The topics covered are gravitational probing, rotational sensing, field probes, and atomic clocks, with potential future applications ranging from fundamental science to geological exploration, navigation and medical diagnostics.


The consortium will train a cohort of young researchers on the physics of atomic clocks and interferometers, which form the basis of quantum sensors, and several techniques to realise technologically relevant devices. The envisioned designs incorporate micro-structured components for trapping and guiding of atoms and photons. With this approach we aim for a high level of integration and advantageous parameter regimes, which will widen the range of possible applications by addressing aspects of sensitivity and bandwidth of measurements, alleviating access restrictions to points of interest, and improving mobility for field applications. We complement the range of topics by including surface probes, field sensitive microscopes, and molecular spectroscopy, deepening the connections to other scientific disciplines.


The partner consortium is an exceptional combination of industrial and academic stakeholders, ranging from technology suppliers to users, supported by, e.g. the European Patent Office and the Research Policy Institute to assist the innovation process. The research training covers physical principles and technological aspects from development to implementation, with input from industrial partners on truly relevant needs. It is complemented by training on societal aspects, intellectual property rights, and transferable skills training, thus addressing a wide skill set that unites technical expertise with an innovative mindset.

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN
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Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
Address
University Park
NG7 2RD Nottingham
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 753 437,08
Administrative Contact
Paul Cartledge (Mr.)

Participants (10)

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 842 864,88
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mat Chung (Ms.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 550 397,32
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Christophe Giraud (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAET HAMBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 256 168,88
Address
Mittelweg 177
20148 Hamburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Linda Reams-Behboud (Ms.)
IDRYMA TECHNOLOGIAS KAI EREVNAS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 395 969,42
Address
N Plastira Str 100
70013 Irakleio
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Zinovia Papatheodorou (Ms.)
IBM RESEARCH GMBH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 241 122,86
Address
Saeumerstrasse 4
8803 Rueschlikon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Catherine Trachsel (Ms.)
ARKEX LIMITED

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 75 009,44
Address
Cowley Road Newton House
CB4 0WZ Cambridge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jeremy White (Dr.)
NKT PHOTONICS A/S
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 312 079,46
Address
Blokken 84
3460 Birkerod
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lasse Leick (Dr.)
TOPTICA PHOTONICS AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 218 300,72
Address
Lochhamer Schlag 19
82166 Graefelfing
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Wilhelm Kaenders (Dr.)
DANSK FUNDAMENTAL METROLOGI
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 312 079,46
Address
Matematiktorvet 307
2800 Kongens - Lyngby
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jan Hald (Dr.)
JOHANNES GUTENBERG-UNIVERSITAT MAINZ
Germany
EU contribution
€ 222 068,88
Address
Saarstrasse 21
55122 Mainz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Manuela Hahn (Ms.)