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Integrated Quantum Clock

Objective

Optical clocks are amazingly stable frequency standards, which would be off by only one second over the age of the universe. Bringing those clocks from the laboratory into a robust and compact form will have a large impact on telecommunication (e.g. network synchronization, traffic bandwidth, GPS free navigation), geology (e.g. underground exploration, monitoring of water tables or ice sheets), astronomy (e.g. low-frequency gravitational wave detection, radio telescope synchronization), and other fields. Likewise, techniques developed for robust clocks will improve laboratory clocks, potentially leading to physics beyond the standard model. To make this a reality, we have founded the iqClock consortium, assembling leading experts from academia, strong industry partners, and relevant end users. We will seize on recent developments in clock concepts and technology to start-up a clock development pipeline along the TRL scale. Our consortium represents a nucleus for a European optical clock ecosystem, which will continuously deliver competitive products and foster the development of clock applications. Our first product prototype will be a field-ready strontium optical clock, which we will benchmark in real use cases, such as network synchronization (TRL 6). This clock will be based on a modular concept, already with the next-generation clocks in mind, which our academic partners will realize (TRL 3-4). By their operation principle, these optical clocks are more robust than the current ones and have come into reach by recent breakthroughs, some of which achieved by our partners. We will leverage the foundational work by the consortia QuantERA Q-Clocks and JRP f17 USOQS, which have joined partners with us, and translate their work into a higher TRL. To increase our impact and to broaden our industry base, we will reach out to all stakeholders, train the next generation of quantum engineers, educate and listen to end users, and enrich the exchange of scientific ideas.

Call for proposal

H2020-FETFLAG-2018-2020

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Sub call

H2020-FETFLAG-2018-03

Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Net EU contribution
€ 2 442 250,00
Address
Spui 21
1012WX Amsterdam
Netherlands

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West-Nederland Noord-Holland Groot-Amsterdam
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (11)

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 1 496 000,00
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham

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West Midlands (England) West Midlands Birmingham
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIWERSYTET MIKOLAJA KOPERNIKA W TORUNIU
Poland
Net EU contribution
€ 662 750,00
Address
Ul. Jurija Gagarina 11
87100 Torun

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Makroregion północny Kujawsko-pomorskie Bydgosko-toruński
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
Net EU contribution
€ 1 001 795,00
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn

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Danmark Hovedstaden Byen København
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria
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€ 309 145,00
Address
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Wien

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Wien Wien
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
UNIVERSITAET INNSBRUCK
Austria
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€ 469 255,00
Address
Innrain 52
6020 Innsbruck

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Westösterreich Tirol Innsbruck
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
TELEDYNE E2V (UK) LIMITED
United Kingdom
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€ 690 156,25
Address
Waterhouse Lane 106
CM1 2QU Chelmsford

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East of England Essex Heart of Essex
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
TOPTICA PHOTONICS AG
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 1 315 075,00
Address
Lochhamer Schlag 19
82166 Graefelfing

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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
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
NKT PHOTONICS A/S
Denmark
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€ 849 375,00
Address
Blokken 84
3460 Birkerod

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Danmark Hovedstaden Nordsjælland
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€ 0,00
ACKTAR LTD.
Israel
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€ 329 250,00
Address
Leshem St. 1, Entrance A
82000 Kiryat

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

Yes
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 5 500,00
CHRONOS TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 434 042,50
Address
Stowfield House Upper Stowfiel
GL17 9PD Lydbrook

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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
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South West (England) Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Bristol/Bath area Gloucestershire
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
BRITISH TELECOMMUNICATIONS PLC
United Kingdom
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€ 0,00
Address
1 Braham Street
E1 8EE London

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London Inner London — East Tower Hamlets
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 87 875,00