The first quantum revolution resulted in groundbreaking technologies such as transistors and lasers, without which current computers, mobile phones, and the internet would have been unimaginable. Today, the ability to manipulate fundamental quantum properties in systems and materials is paving the way for a second quantum revolution. A global race has begun to exploit the enormous potential of quantum technologies (QT) and spearhead transformative advances in fields such as health, security, transport, energy, and environmental science.
The €1 billion Quantum Flagship initiative from the European Commission aims to position the continent at the forefront of this second revolution by supporting projects that will unlock the full potential of QT and bring commercial products to the market.
Quantum sensors are expected to be key enablers of the first achievements in this new technological era. They promise to drastically increase the performance of consumer devices, medical services and future applications in the Internet of Things. As part of the Quantum Flagship initiative, the macQsimal project will exploit the potential of atomic vapor cells to provide a new generation of highly efficient sensors.
“We have spent a decade developing miniature atomic clocks and other systems whose core quantum technology - atomic vapor cells - has the potential to enable sensors with phenomenal performances. This could lead to huge leaps of improvement in many domains,” said Mario El-Khoury, CEO of CSEM.
“A new type of sensor could, for example, boost autonomous cars’ 3D orientation sensing or revolutionize human brain activity measurement,” added Jacques Haesler, senior project manager at CSEM and project coordinator of macQsimal.