Welcome to AQuRA!
AQuRA, the Advanced Quantum Clock for Real World Applications, is a European consortium of five industry leaders, two national measurement institutes and three universities. The AQuRA clock is will be the first industry led clock prototype aiming for instability and uncertainty at around a second over the age of the universe.
Such precise and accurate clocks are crucial for the precise navigation, communications and sensing challenges that underpin our modern society.
The goal of AQuRA is to make the best clocks in the world robust and compact enough for real world applications. These "optical atomic clocks" are amazingly accurate. If such a clock would have been turned on during the Big Bang, almost fourteen billion years ago, the clock would still be ahead or behind by around a second today!
AQuRA aims to make existing optical clocks smaller and more robust. Currently, these clocks do not look like the clocks in your home – they are complicated machines that fill entire laboratories. iqClock wants to make these clocks transportable, so that they can be used for measurements in the field and eventually even sent to space using satellites. This could for example make GPS systems much more accurate.
AQuRA is one of the quantum technology related projects that together form the European Commission's Quantum Flagship initiative.
On this website, you will find our latest news, an overview of the project's tasks, a more detailed description of the twelve partner institutes that make the project possible and open positions. as well as an overview of media appearances and materials. If you want to know more about AQuRA, don't hesitate to contact us!
More about the AQuRA project...
17-18 January 2023 - MoSaiQC Closing Symposium "Versatile Cold Atoms: From Fundamental Physics to Applications
will take place at University of Birmingham! For more information, please click here.
School on Charged Particle Traps
Last week, the MoSaiQC, AQuRA & KL FAMO Summer School “School on Charged Particle Traps” took place at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun (Poland). Participants attended lectures about charged particle traps, storage of particles at CERN, ion clocks and trapped ions for quantum computing and presented their work during the poster session. The school brought together MoSaiQC ESRs, KL FAMO PhD students & postdocs and external participants and was a great success!
Consortium Meeting and Preliminary Design Review in Munich
On June 13, 2023 the AQuRA consortium gathered in Munich at Menlo Systems GmbH for the second consortium meeting and the preliminary design review. Besides a very productive meeting, participants got the chance to see Menlo's laboratories, enjoy a Bavarian dinner and get to know each other.
10-12 July 2023 - KL FAMO, MoSaiQC & AQuRA School on Charged Particle Traps
Together with MoSaiQC and FAMO Consortium, AQuRA is organizing a school for MSc and PhD students and for early stage researchers. This school is focused on the subject of charged particle traps, storage of particles at CERN, ion clocks, and trapped ions for quantum computing. For details and registration, please visit: https://indico.cern.ch/event/1278695/