IMPP researchers discuss the future of navigation, earth science and ultrafast timing.

Atomic clocks are accurate - but not accurate enough for testing fundamental physics principles, precision measurements of space-time and developing high precision seismic sensors for earthquake predictions. Instead measurement technologies based on light provide promising future solutions.

IMPP scientists are experts in optical measurement systems. During a workshop on quantum technologies guest speaker Prof Leo Hollberg, Stanford University, Dr Stefan Hild, University of Glasgow and Prof Stefan Kuhr, University of Strathclyde, discussed the optimal use of quantum systems - atoms, lasers, and electronics - and possible steps in developing useful devices, sensors, and instruments.

“We want to understand how we can use quantum transitions probed with lasers, for real world applications. Today we have a much better understanding of the fundamental science of time, frequency and space. Applications based on this knowledge will enable major advancement in navigation, earth science and ultrafast timing,” said Leo Hollberg during the workshop.

“Geodesy and earth sciences as well as information and communication systems will benefit from high precision distance measurement systems – this motivates researchers all over the world,” adds IMPP scientist Stefan Hild.