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!
April 2022- The MoSaiQC Spring School will take place in Amsterdam !
From 23-27 May the MoSaiQC Spring School will be held in Amsterdam on the topic of superradiant clocks. ESRs have been informed on how to register and an update of the programme will follow shortly.
7 March 2022 - iqClock Industry Day
Kicked-off in October 2018, the iqClock EC Quantum Flagship project is coming to a close this Spring.
On this occasion, the University of Birmingham (UoB) invites interested parties from across industry and academia to join the iqClock Industry Day. They will showcase the results of the project and draw up perspectives for the next steps towards the commercialization of optical lattice clock technology including routes to end user cases for optical clock technology.
With the iqClock Industry Day, the UoB offers a stage to stakeholders from inside and outside the iqClock Consortium. The two sessions include time for panel discussion with the session speakers. The event is free to attend will be fully virtual with details on how to access the Zoom meeting communicated a few days prior. For more information click here.
1 February 2022- Welcome to Amsterdam Benedikt!
Benedikt is hired as one of the Early Stage Researchers on superradiant clocks at the University of Amsterdam. He will be working as ESR1. The goal of his work is to realize continuous operation on the mHz-linewidth clock transition. Benedikt did his undergraduate work at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and at Immanuel Bloch's group at the MPQ. Additionally, he was able to gain some industry experience during an internship at Toptica Photonics. Welcome Benedikt!
26 November 2021- MoSaiQC Autumn School in Birmingham a success!
The MoSaiQC Autumn School took place in-person between 22 and 24 November at the University of Birmingham. It was the first in-person event at which the Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) and MoSaiQC beneficiaries got to know each other. The School was also livestreamed. Lectures about ATC Industrial Perspectives on Quantum Technologies were given by speakers from the MoSaiQC Consortium and other professionals in the field, complemented by lab-tours at the University of Birmingham and teambuilding events. On 25 and 26 November the ESRs also joined the iqClock in-person meetings. The next network event will take place in Amsterdam in March 2022.
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.
29 September - Balsant joins the University of Birmingham!
On 29 September 2021, Balsant Shivanand Tiwari joined the University of Birmingham as ESR 14. He will be working on the development and characterization of a compact and integrated atomic packages for a strontium optical lattice clock. Focus will be given to creating a vacuum environment for the atoms which either minimizes the aforementioned effects or allows for an improved characterization and correction of them.
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.