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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   Latest News and Activities

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The QT Flagship kick off meeting (Vienna, 29-30 October) hosted a ‘focus session’ on space applications of quantum technologies, coordinated by QTSpace.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Noordwijk (The Netherlands)

In the context of future space-based experiments using macrosopic quantum systems for testing the foundations of quantum physics, this focus session is dedicated to the state of the art in ground-based experiments, potential future experiments and the case for space of those efforts. We will have four leading scientists to report on levitated optomechanics and cantilever experiments as test beds for fundamental theories such as quantum mechanics and gravity, as well as on theory proposals for such experimental tests.

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.