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.

QTSpace: Learn from Laika the dog and Schrodinger's cat

   


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Friday, October 19, 2018

QTSpace is represented by five researchers (A.N. Dinkelaker, N. Gaaloul, A. Peters, S.T. Seidel and A. Wenzlawski) in the international team, coordinated by Prof. E. Rasel, that has successfully produced a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) in space for the first time.

Thursday, November 15, 2018
ESA-ESRIN in Frascati (Italy)

ESRIN, the ESA Centre for Earth Observation, is organising a Φ-week event focusing on EO Open Science and FutureEO. It will host a mini workshop organized in collaboration with QTSpace, on quantum computing for EO.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Learn from Laika the dog and Schrodinger's cat about quantum experiments in space.
QTSpace have created an animated video which explains why quantum experiments in space are so important and what they are testing.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 to Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Noordwijk (The Netherlands)

ESTEC, the European Space Research and Technology Centre of ESA, will host the 3rd workshop on "Quantum Technology - Implementations for Space" in November 2018. The workshop is organised in collaboration with QTSpace.