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.

 

   


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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

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 13:53

Following an eVote called on 28 November 2016, the Management Committee has approved the first call for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs).  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.

Monday, November 21, 2016 - 18:53

The Malta meeting will be the first scientific meeting of this Action. It will set the scene for the forthcoming four years, by identifying questions that the Action aims to address. It will be organised along the lines of the four main themes addressed by the action: Fundamental studies, Applications, Proof-of-Principle Experiments, and Implementation.

Friday, July 1, 2016 - 12:18

MC members met in Brussels for the start of the Action. The Chair and Deputy Chair were elected, along with all other relevant positions. The Work and Budget Plan for the first semester was discussed and approved.