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FUTURE ATOMIC CLOCK TECHNOLOGY

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 607493

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2013

  • End date

    30 September 2017

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 865 448,11

  • EU contribution

    € 3 865 448,11

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

United Kingdom

Objective

During the last decades atomic clocks and frequency standards have become an important resource for advanced economies with impact ranging from satellite navigation (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo) to high speed communication networks, where they ensure synchronisation of data packets at ever higher bit rates. In this field the wake of the new millennium has been marked by the invention of frequency comb technology, a discovery so important that it was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2005. Femtosecond comb technology enables two major advances (i) a factor of 1000 improvement in sensitivity and accuracy over current atomic clock technology and (ii) the possibility to create a precision frequency synthesizer ranging from the Hz level up to 10^17 Hz or even higher, i.e. covering the electromagnetic spectrum from DC to the soft x-ray regime. The technological impact of this current development is likely to be tremendous, opening new applications, e.g. in “relativistic geodesy”, where ultraprecise clocks sense the gravitational potential via the redshift arising from general relativity. This might open new markets in oil and mineral exploration, supervision of CO2 sequestration and hydrology and climate research.
However the technologies associated with optical clocks and frequency standards are still in the laboratory stage and experts in the field are desperately needed for developing commercially viable systems and applications. This ITN is addressing this issue by implementing a training programme covering all aspects from the atomic reference and ultrastable lasers to frequency comb synthesis, precision frequency distribution and commercial system technology. It focuses on technological developments enhancing the technology readiness level of the new optical atomic clocks, enhancing the chance that they are picked up by the commercial sector. At this initial stage the vehicle will be space technology, which is promising the first high-precision applications.

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

Address

Edgbaston
B15 2tt Birmingham

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 688 256,14

Administrative Contact

May Chung (Ms.)

Participants (14)

ERWIN KAYSER-THREDE GMBH

Germany

HEINRICH-HEINE-UNIVERSITAET DUESSELDORF

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 244 068,88

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI RICERCA METROLOGICA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 240 837,96

KAYSER ITALIA SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 214 078,19

GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ UNIVERSITAET HANNOVER

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 222 068,88

NPL MANAGEMENT LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 285 056,64

OBSERVATOIRE DE PARIS

France

EU Contribution

€ 255 948,66

PHYSIKALISCH-TECHNISCHE BUNDESANSTALT

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 222 068,88

UNIVERSITE DE NEUCHATEL

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 261 515,76

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 240 837,96

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 261 515,76

OHB SYSTEM AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 222 068,88

THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 285 056,64

Menlo Systems GmbH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 222 068,88

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 607493

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2013

  • End date

    30 September 2017

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 865 448,11

  • EU contribution

    € 3 865 448,11

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

United Kingdom