The scientific and technological legacy of the 20th century includes milestones such as quantum mechanics and pioneering space missions. Both endeavours have opened new avenues for the furthering of our understanding of Nature, and are true landmarks of modern science. Quantum theory and space science form building blocks of a powerful research framework for exploring the boundaries of modern physics through the unique working conditions offered by experimental tests performed in space.

Space-based sources of entangled photons promise the formation of global quantum communication networks, long-distance tests of quantum theory and the interplay between relativity and quantum entanglement.

 

Long free-fall times enable high-precision tests of general relativity and tests of the equivalence principle for quantum systems.

Harnessing microgravity, high vacuum and low temperature of deep space promises allowing the study of deviations from standard quantum theory for high-mass test particles. Space-based experiments of metrology and sensing will push the precision of clocks, mass detectors and transducers towards the engineering of novel quantum technologies.

Such an exciting framework is what “Quantum Technologies in Space (QTSpace)” aims at providing. QTSpace will embody a visionary opportunity for furthering the comprehension of fundamental mechanisms of physics in an entirely new context.

 

   


   Latest News and Activities

Monday, May 22, 2017 - 16:35

The second call for Short Term Scientific Meetings (STSMs) has been released. Applicants from institutions in COST Countries covered by this Action (CA15220) can find out more about the application process, and check the terms and conditions, via our Mobility page

Please note, the final deadline for submission is 30 June 2017. If you have any questions about the process, please contact Action Manager, Maurice Macartney, at m.macartney@qub.ac.uk

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 10:35

The Training Workshop in Lisbon will cover all topics of the QTSpace COST action on quantum technologies in space, combining tutorials, hands-on training and technical talks from the different stakeholders on their latest developments. In particular, the Workshop will cover talks on the state-of-the-art in the main scientific fields currently involved in efforts towards harnessing quantum technology in space. The morning sessions will provide tutorials and hands-on training in relevant techniques like orbital simulations and experimental demonstrators. These tutorials will be organized in terms of the general areas expected to benefit most from quantum technology in space: quantum communication, quantum-enhanced measurements and fundamental science tests.

Link: https://qtspacetwlisbon.sciencesconf.org

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 11:21

WG3 @ QTSpace meets at Arcachon to discuss the targets for the next proof of principle experiments for quantum technologies in space based on the outcome of the very successful MALTA meeting. The QTSpace event will be in parallel to ICOLS 2017. QTSpace members are invited to participate.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 20:03

University Zurich (Switzerland): June 29 & 30, 2017. The colloquium will bring together the scientific community interested in the results of ACES/PHARAO in all domains, from theoretical physics to cold atoms and application in geodesy and atmospheric studies. It will consist of invited and contributed presentations on the details of ACES, data analysis and scientific applications.

Link: http://www.physik.uzh.ch/events/aces2017