Sensors provide the interface between the real world and the digital world. Quantum technologies are poised to revolutionise this interface, and with it sensor-driven industries such as navigation and medical imaging. macQsimal combines the expertise of world-leading academic research groups, research and technology organisations and companies, covering the whole knowledge chain from basic science to industrial deployment, and aims at breakthroughs that will firmly establish European leadership in the quantum sensor industry.
macQsimal will develop quantum-enabled sensors with outstanding sensitivity for the five key physical observables:
- magnetic fields,
- electro-magnetic radiation,
- and gas concentration.
These sensors are chosen for their high impact and their potential to quickly advance to a product: Within macQsimal, all these sensors will reach Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) between 3 and 6 and will outperform other solutions in the respective markets.
The common core technology in these diverse sensors is atomic vapor cells realised as integrated microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). Atomic vapor cells make coherent quantum processes available to applications: advanced cell-based sensors optimally exploit single-particle coherence, with the potential to harness also multi-particle quantum coherence for still greater sensitivity. Fabricating such atomic vapor cells as MEMS allows for high-volume, high-reliability and low-cost deployment of miniaturised, integrated sensors, critical to wide-spread adoption.
macQsimal will combine state-of-the-art sensor physics with the MEMS atomic vapor cell platform, for highly advanced prototypes and demonstrators. Concurrently, advanced squeezing, entanglement and cavity-QED methods will be applied for the first time in miniaturised sensors, bringing quantum enhancement closer than ever to industrial application. This advanced, multi-target, quantum-enabled sensor platform will mark the start of a dynamic and multi-sector quantum sensor industry in Europe.
accelopment AG is a project partner in macQsimal with supporting functions to the executive board and project coordinator as part of Work Package (WP) 1 and with Work Package leadership for dissemination and exploitation in WP10.