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EUROPEAN MICROKELVIN COLLABORATION

Objective

"It is an unfortunate truth that the current electronics is facing a brick wall in a decade or so when Moore's law has finally run its course and no further miniaturization is possible. We need something new. Coherent electron circuitry may provide that entirely new alternative. In nanocircuits the electrons can behave coherently over the circuit dimension and thus follow the rules of wave motion rather than Ohm's law. To achieve coherence, however, electron scattering lengths must be larger than the sample size. That demands high purity to limit impurity scattering, but even limiting thermal scattering, by working at millikelvin temperature, we are still confined to circuits on the nanoscale. This provides the motivation for this application: there is an implicit imperative in nanoscience that there are enormous advantages to be gained at much lower temperatures. Despite the clear demand, nanoscience in general is inhibited from advancing beyond the millikelvin regime by a lack of appropriate expertise and facilities. However, in Europe we already have the greatest concentration of microkelvin infrastructure and espertise in the world, developed by our quantum-fluids community. By integration and rationalization MICROKELVIN aims to put this existing infrastructure at the disposal of the wider community and together develope new techniques and materials to bring corerent structures into the completely new regime. Our ultimate aim is the creation of a virtual European microkelvin ""laboratory without walls"" operating as a single entity. Integration will also allow us to pool our existing expertise and project it outword by greating new stand-alone machines able to access this temperature range anywhere. Such activity will also encourage European commercial interest in this opportunity. This advance is inevitable in the long term, but the European lead in the microkelvin field gives us the opportunity now to be the first with this new development. The infrastructure is there. The need is manifest. We simply have to bring the two together."

Field of science

  • /social sciences/law

Call for proposal

FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2008-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-CSA-Infra - Combination of CP and CSA
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Coordinator

AALTO KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR
Address
Otakaari 1
02150 Espoo
Finland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 281 863,80
Administrative Contact
Katariina Toivonen (Ms.)

Participants (11)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 1 018 194,50
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jean Xavier Boucherle (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 612 330,20
Address
Bailrigg
LA1 4YW Lancaster
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
George Richard Pickett (Prof.)
RUPRECHT-KARLS-UNIVERSITAET HEIDELBERG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 280 500
Address
Seminarstrasse 2
69117 Heidelberg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Corina Mueller (Ms.)
ROYAL HOLLOWAY AND BEDFORD NEW COLLEGE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 288 000
Address
Egham Hill University Of London
TW20 0EX Egham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jenny Febry (Ms.)
SCUOLA NORMALE SUPERIORE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 86 100
Address
Piazza Dei Cavalieri 7
56126 Pisa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Daniela Lalli (Ms.)
USTAV EXPERIMENTALNEJ FYZIKY SLOVENSKEJ AKADEMIE VIED
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 45 000
Address
Watsonova 47
04001 Kosice
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Peter Skyba (Dr.)
UNIVERSITAT BASEL
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 240 000
Address
Petersplatz 1
4051 Basel
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Dominik Zumbuhl (Prof.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 102 000
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Teun Klapwijk (Prof.)
BLUEFORS CRYOGENICS OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 66 000
Address
Arinatie 10
00370 Helsinki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rob Blaauwgeers (Dr.)
UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 105 000
Address
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ton Brouwer (Mr.)
PHYSIKALISCH-TECHNISCHE BUNDESANSTALT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 75 000
Address
Bundesallee 100
38116 Braunschweig
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maren Jachmann (Ms.)