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/
The AQuRA consortium together with Quantum Delta NL and the Lorentz center is organizing a workshop on ultracold quantum sensing to be held in Leiden on 17-21 April 2023.
Quantum sensing with ultracold atoms has led to clocks and atom interferometers with astonishing performance. The best clocks would go wrong by only one second over the lifetime of the universe, a precision of 10-18, and commercial ultracold atom clocks reach 10-16. These clocks have important applications in science and society: the search for changing fundamental constants, the synchronization of radio telescopes or telecommunication networks, navigation and much more. Similarly atom interferometers have applications in the detection of underground structures, inertial navigation, and fundamental science, such as the search for dark matter or the detection of gravitational waves in new frequency ranges.
The goal of the workshop is to enable discussions between leading ultracold quantum sensor researchers and users. The prospect of fast progress on ultracold quantum sensors, the opportunities for science, industry and society, and the large influx of financial support for this research area make it necessary to accelerate discussions between ultracold quantum sensing stakeholders, otherwise large amounts of research time and funding might be poured into misguided directions. Ideally discussions will accelerate progress by avoiding research groups to get stuck on problems others solved already, will guide sensor development into directions that actually matter to users, identify new applications for sensors, and help to push the frontiers of sensors with novel ideas.
The workshop focuses on four complementary topics:
2 December 2022 - AQuRA kickoff consortium meeting
1 December 2022 - AQuRA project commences
Today the AQuRA project kicked off with 10 partners across Europe. This industry led consortium will collaborate over the next three and a half years to make state of the art laboratory clocks robust and compact enough for real world applications.
Modern atomic quantum clocks are the most precise and accurate scientific instruments ever created. Currently, these so-called optical atomic clocks are mostly found in physics laboratories, often filling an entire laboratory. The AQuRA-consortium brings together European universities, industry partners and EU metrology institutes in an effort to make quantum clocks more robust and compact. This will allow real-world applications like significantly improved and faster telecommunication networks, or underground exploration using fluctuations in gravity. The consortium received a €7.5 million European Commission Horizon grant to achieve their goals over the next three and a half years.