Technology roadmap for cold-atoms based quantum inertial sensor in space

authored by
Sven Abend, Baptiste Allard, Aidan S. Arnold, Ticijana Ban, Liam Barry, Baptiste Battelier, Ahmad Bawamia, Quentin Beaufils, Simon Bernon, Andrea Bertoldi, Alexis Bonnin, Philippe Bouyer, Alexandre Bresson, Oliver S. Burrow, Benjamin Canuel, Bruno Desruelle, Giannis Drougakis, René Forsberg, Naceur Gaaloul, Alexandre Gauguet, Matthias Gersemann, Paul F. Griffin, Hendrik Heine, Victoria A. Henderson, Waldemar Herr, Simon Kanthak, Markus Krutzik, Maike D. Lachmann, Roland Lammegger, Werner Magnes, Gaetano Mileti, Morgan W. Mitchell, Sergio Mottini, Dimitris Papazoglou, Franck Pereira Dos Santos, Achim Peters, Ernst Rasel, Erling Riis, Christian Schubert, Stephan Tobias Seidel, Guglielmo M. Tino, Mathias Van Den Bossche, Wolf Von Klitzing, Andreas Wicht, Marcin Witkowski, Nassim Zahzam, Michał Zawada

Recent developments in quantum technology have resulted in a new generation of sensors for measuring inertial quantities, such as acceleration and rotation. These sensors can exhibit unprecedented sensitivity and accuracy when operated in space, where the free-fall interrogation time can be extended at will and where the environment noise is minimal. European laboratories have played a leading role in this field by developing concepts and tools to operate these quantum sensors in relevant environment, such as parabolic flights, free-fall towers, or sounding rockets. With the recent achievement of Bose-Einstein condensation on the International Space Station, the challenge is now to reach a technology readiness level sufficiently high at both component and system levels to provide "off the shelf"payload for future generations of space missions in geodesy or fundamental physics. In this roadmap, we provide an extensive review on the status of all common parts, needs, and subsystems for the application of atom-based interferometers in space, in order to push for the development of generic technology components.

Institute of Quantum Optics
CRC 1227 Designed Quantum States of Matter (DQ-mat)
CRC 1464: Relativistic and Quantum-Based Geodesy (TerraQ)
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Universite Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier (UT3)
University of Strathclyde
Institute of Physics Zagreb
Dublin City University
Ferdinand-Braun-Institut gGmbH, Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik (FBH)
Observatoire de Paris (OBSPARIS)
Université Paris-Saclay
University of Amsterdam
Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)
Institut d'Optique Graduate School (IOTA)
Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL-FORTH)
Technical University of Denmark
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU Berlin)
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Graz University of Technology
Austrian Academy of Sciences
Universite de Neuchatel
ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences
Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA)
Airbus Group
University of Florence (UniFi)
Nicolaus Copernicus University
Universite de Bordeaux
AVS Quantum Science
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Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials, Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics, Condensed Matter Physics, Computer Networks and Communications, Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Computational Theory and Mathematics, Electrical and Electronic Engineering
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