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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Monday, October 8, 2018 to Friday, October 12, 2018
Bern (Switzerland)

The conference will cover a wide range of topics related to the transmission of quantum and classical light in space, bring together those various communities and identify overlaps not only from a technological side but also from a theoretical perspective.

Thursday, April 19, 2018
Oberkochen (Germany)

QTSpace has been invited to coordinate the session on Quantum Technologies in Space, whose goal is to define the priorities in the field, in view of FP9. The expected output is a strategic report addressed to the EC, to be used for the definition of FP9. 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

The University of Évora (Portugal) opens a call for applications to the post of Chair in “aerospace science and technology”. This position is for five years. Applications for the position will be assessed by a board of external experts.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 to Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Vienna (Austria)

The workshop will host the targeted discussion of experts in quantum experiments with optomechanics (levitated and cantilever), as well as matter-wave interferometry. It will also invite theoreticians working on experimental concepts for large-mass matterwave interferometry experiments.