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FUTURE ATOMIC CLOCK TECHNOLOGY

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.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/hydrology
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics/laser physics

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

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

Participation ended

Germany
Address
Wolfratshauser Strasse 48
81379 Munchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thomas Härtl
HEINRICH-HEINE-UNIVERSITAET DUESSELDORF
Germany
EU contribution
€ 244 068,88
Address
Universitaetsstrasse 1
40225 Dusseldorf
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Martina Kuhlmann (Ms.)
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI RICERCA METROLOGICA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 240 837,96
Address
Strada Delle Cacce 91
10135 Torino
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Davide Calonico (Dr.)
KAYSER ITALIA SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 214 078,19
Address
Via Di Popogna 501
57128 Livorno
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alessandro Donati (Dr.)
GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ UNIVERSITAET HANNOVER
Germany
EU contribution
€ 222 068,88
Address
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anja Hoppenworth
NPL MANAGEMENT LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 285 056,64
Address
Hampton Road Teddington
TW11 0LW Middlesex
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Liz Keane (Mrs.)
OBSERVATOIRE DE PARIS
France
EU contribution
€ 255 948,66
Address
Avenue De L Observatoire 61
75014 Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mathieu Jacques (Mr.)
PHYSIKALISCH-TECHNISCHE BUNDESANSTALT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 222 068,88
Address
Bundesallee 100
38116 Braunschweig
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Stefan Hennig
UNIVERSITE DE NEUCHATEL
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 261 515,76
Address
Faubourg De L'hopital 41
2000 Neuchatel
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Stéphane Schilt (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 240 837,96
Address
Piazza San Marco 4
50121 Florence
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Enrico Iacopini (Prof.)
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 261 515,76
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tobias Kippenberg (Prof.)
OHB SYSTEM AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 222 068,88
Address
Universitaetsallee 27-29
28359 Bremen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bastian Eder
THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 285 056,64
Address
University Park
NG7 2RD Nottingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Peter Krueger (Prof.)
Menlo Systems GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 222 068,88
Address
Am Klopferspitz 19
82152 Martinsried
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ronald Holzwarth (Dr.)