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.
Policy White Papers
QTSpace and European Industries prepared three policy White Papers on quantum technologies for space applications. They are addressed to European policy makers, as well as the scientific and industrial community, with the aim of identifying the most relevant quantum technologies and of shaping the future directions for research and technological development. Link to the documents.
Latest News and Activities
We are glad to announce the upcoming UniKORN seminar block on “Space-based tests with optomechanics”.
We share with you a job opening at the University of Southampton within the Ulbricht group: Research Fellow in Optomechanics for Gravimetry.
We gladly share with you the initiative promoted by UniKORN Seminars: Ben Stickler @ UniKORN Lecture Series
QUSTEC doctoral programme offers 39 early-stage researchers interdisciplinary, intersectoral and international training in the field of quantum science and technologies (QST).