WG3@QTSpace meets at Arcachon

Date: 
Tuesday, July 4, 2017 to Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The task of the Arcachon meeting is to discuss proof of principle experiments needed for QTSpace missions - based on the state of the art of QTSpace as a result of the MALTA meeting - and plan a strategy for the future of proof of principle experiments. The aim is to discuss this for each of the technology platforms: cold atoms [clocks and atom interferometers], photons/communication, and large mass matter wave interferometry/optomechanics, which are combined in the COST action, but also to identify possible overlap/synergy between the platforms. Some questions to be addressed are: Which proof-of-principle experiments are needed to be done to reach TRLs? Which platforms are more mature and which less? Can technology development or even space missions be combined between platforms? Who has the expertise and can it be shared? What is a reasonable long-term planning? To meet at Arcachon in parallel to ICOLS has the benefit to gain from the expertise of ICOLS participants.

Participants: 

Names of COST funded participants: Peter Barker (UCL), Christopher Dawson (Swansea), Diaz Francisco (ETS), Rainer Kaltenbaek (Vienna), Jan Kohlrus (Vienna), Bruno Leone (ESA), Christoph Marquardt (Erlangen), Mauro Paternostro (Belfast), Erling Riis (Strathclyde), Guglielmo Tino (Firenze), George Winstone (Southampton).

Organizers: 

Philippe Bouyer (Institute d'Optique d'Aquitaine, France); Hendrik Ulbricht (University of Southampton, UK)

Program: 

Tuesday, July 4,2017

17:00 - Poster session and discussion with ICOLS participants

Wednesday, July 5, 2017, Location: ICOLS venue, Arcachon

15:00 - 15:05 Introduction of QTSpace
15:05 - 15:10 Update from ESA: Bruno Leone
15:15 - 16:00 Moderated discussion about cold atoms [Interferometers and clocks]: 20 minutes introductory talk by Philippe Bouyer
16:00 - 16:45 Moderated discussion about photons/communication: 20 minutes introductory talk by Christoph Marquardt
16:45 - 17:30 Moderated discussion about large-mass matter wave interferometry and optomechanics: 20 minutes introductory talk by Rainer Kaltenbaek
17:30 - 18:00 Summary and closing remarks (with comments by Mauro Paternostro)