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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-2018-03
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Address
Spui 21
1012WX Amsterdam
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 2 442 250

Participants (11)

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 1 496 000
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIWERSYTET MIKOLAJA KOPERNIKA W TORUNIU
Poland
EU contribution
€ 662 750
Address
Ul. Jurija Gagarina 11
87100 Torun
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 1 001 795
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 309 145
Address
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAET INNSBRUCK
Austria
EU contribution
€ 469 255
Address
Innrain 52
6020 Innsbruck
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TELEDYNE E2V (UK) LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 690 156,25
Address
Waterhouse Lane 106
CM1 2QU Chelmsford
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TOPTICA PHOTONICS AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 315 075
Address
Lochhamer Schlag 19
82166 Graefelfing
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NKT PHOTONICS A/S
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 849 375
Address
Blokken 84
3460 Birkerod
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ACKTAR LTD.
Israel
EU contribution
€ 329 250
Address
Leshem St. 1, Entrance A
82000 Kiryat
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CHRONOS TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 434 042,50
Address
Stowfield House Upper Stowfiel
GL17 9PD Lydbrook
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BRITISH TELECOMMUNICATIONS PUBLIC LIMITED COMPANY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Newgate Street 81
EC1A 7AJ London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)