Welcome to MoSaiQC!
The European Innovative Training Network MoSaiQC, short for "Modular Systems for Advanced Integrated Quantum Clocks", is training 15 PhD candidates (also called Early Stage Researchers (ESR) in this context) to become experts on optical atomic clocks. Together we develop the physics and technology needed to make new and better quantum clocks
MoSaiQC consists of ten academia and industry partners of the European Quantum Flagship consortium iqClock and three further partners to provide a unique training experience for Early-Stage (PhD) Researchers. The iqClock consortium is developing an integrated optical clock and a new type of optical atomic clock, superradiant clocks. The ESR projects will take place in the laboratories and research centers of iqClock and the ESRs will develop Modular Systems for advanced integrated Quantum Clocks (MoSaiQC), such as advanced atomic sources, lightweight integrated atomics chambers, high-finesse cavities, flexible laser systems, resilient frequency stabilisation systems, modeling tools, and more. These systems go beyond what is currently developed in iqClock, but will immediate be used to advance the iqClock project. The ESRs are working within the iqClock teams, giving them hands-on experience not only with the specific systems they develop, but with entire optical clocks. Half-year secondments and visits of ESRs to other partners will broaden the horizon of the ESRs and give them exposure to the application of optical clocks.
The ESRs will work on cutting edge projects developing new types of clocks or clocks with high integration and thereby acquire a wide range of skills from the foundations of ultracold atom quantum measurement devices (quantum mechanics, atomic physics, quantum optics), over engineering (laser systems, vacuum, electronics, software) to applications (search for changes in fundamental constants, gravitational wave detection, geology, network synchronization, navigation,...). After their PhD, the ESRs will be able to make significant contributions in academia, industry and society. The training material developed by MoSaiQC will be publicly available and thereby advance the education of further students. Read more...
On this website, you will find our latest news, an overview of the ESR (PhD) projects, a more detailed description of the partner institutes and industries that make the project possible and the preliminary results. If you want to know more about MoSaiQC, don't hesitate to contact us!
7 October 2021- MoSaiQC Autumn School taking place in-person in Birmingham from
22 to 24 November 2021 - register now!
Between 22-24 November 2021 the MoSaiQC Autumn School takes place in-person at the University of Birmingham. The theme of the Autumn School is 'ATC Industrial Perspective on Quantum Technologies'. Early-Stage Researchers and network members are invited to take part in the school. Additionally, there are limited spots available for external PhD-students (£95,-) to join the programme. Please have a look at the (concept) programme of the MoSaiQC Autumn School here. Click here to go to the official registration form.
1 July 2021- Two new ESRs join MoSaiQC!
Two new ESRs have joined MoSaiQC as of June and July 2021. We welcome Omid and Sana. Omid Vartehparvar is employed at the Nicolaus Copernicus University. He has graduated with a master of physics at University of Zanjan, Iran, with the thesis titled “Active collector of sunlight using Fresnel mirrors”. He will work on the topic of 'moving from a superradiant laser to a frequency standard'. Omid has worked as a researcher and developer in a science start-up before.
Sana Boughdachi has been hired as Early-Stage Researcher at TOPTICA Photonics. She will work on low phase noise clock laser and other cooling, lattice, re-pump lasers and novel laser lock and rapid wavelength tuning techniques. She will design the laser and required optical and electronic systems. Welcome Omid and Sana!
15 March 2021- Kick-off Spring School
Today the Spring School for the Early-Stage Researchers has started. The Spring School is a series of trainings provided to all ESRs between March and May and teaches them transferable skills and fundamentals on quantum technology. The school will be repeated and advanced every 6 months and professionals are invited to teach on assigned topics. For further information on the training topics and planning click here.
1 March 2021 - Welcoming three new ESRs
This month we would like to welcome three more Early- Stage Researchers. Abhilash Jha and Sandhya Ganesh have started their work at the University of Birmingham. Lakshmi Rajagopal has joined British Telecom. We are looking forward to a fruitful collaboration with them.
18 November 2020 - Introduction meeting of ESRs
On 18 November, the first online meeting with the appointed Early Stage Researchers was held to get to know each other. Judith Kreukels, Projectmanager at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), provided a general introduction to ITNs and the MoSaiQC project. Prof. Florian Schreck from the Faculty of Science at the UvA elaborated on the topic of industry clocks. Markus Gellesch, research fellow at the University of Birmingham, introduced the topic of super radiant clocks. Over the next months a series of webinars will be held in which the ESRs present their master thesis.
1 November 2020 - Welcome Mehrdad Zarei !
Mehrdad Zarei has started working as Early-Stage Researcher at the Nicolaus Copernicus University as of November 2020. He will work on the autonomous frequency stabilisations in a superradiant clock. He monitors and controls systems that will allow for automatic and unattended operation of a superradiant optical clock. The solutions developed within this task require new hardware for automatic control and re-locking of laser and cavities systems and adjustment of optics, as well as software for automatic scheduling of procedures that currently require human intervention. Welcome Mehrdad!