Introduction

Several efforts directly refer to quantum science and technology (QT) in space, either in the form of proposals or actual space missions. It is timely and crucial to bring together technically and scientifically diverse people, as well as space agencies and funding bodies, to explore the next steps towards successful space missions on this topic.

During the meeting we will evaluate the status quo of QT in space, assessing all aspects relevant for fundamental concepts, applications, proof-of-principle experiments and implementations which are the four pillars defined as working groups (WGs) of the COST Action QTSpace. The community will gather insight into the possibilities for near-future missions.

We aim to transfer knowledge and mature expertise coming from prominent scientists interested in the fields of quantum science/technology and space, which we aim to merge further. We plan to make available to everyone the gathered information in the form of a contemporary proceedings publication.

The Malta meeting will be the first meeting of this Action. It will set the scene for the forthcoming four years, by identifying questions that the Action aims to address. It will be organised along the lines of the four main themes addressed by the action: Fundamental studies, Applications, Proof-of-Principle Experiments, and Implementation. Sessions that tie these themes together will also serve to provide a bird's eye view of the questions that are to be addressed by this network.

  

About the meeting

This conference will be organised along the four main lines (working groups) of this COST Action, along with sessions that bring the entire network together.

  • The MC meeting on Monday will be an administrative meeting for the members of the management committee of the action.
  • WG1 Fundamentals will identify fundamental science questions to be addressed as well as the scientific and technical requirements to perform related experimental tests in space.
  • WG2 Applications will identify possible applications of quantum technology (QT) in space, define the scientific and technical requirements.
  • WG3 Proof-of-principle experiments aims to idnetify of the principles that should be demonstrated on ground, and coordination about the implementation of the respective experiments; and share knowledge about available technologies and experimental techniques for performing experiments in space-relevant settings. 
  • WG4 Implementations aims to transfer concrete scientific plans for missions into ready proposals.
  • A workshop session will take place on Thursday to bring everyone together and discuss how the aims of the four working groups can be fulfilled within the scope of this COST Action.
  • Plenary sessions, targeting the entire community, serve to book-end the conference.

Please see the programme for more details.

  

How to attend and contribute

If you are interested in attending this meeting, please click here or follow the appropriate link on the left-hand side.

  

Contact

André Xuereb of the University of Malta is in charge of the local organisation for this conference. If you have any questions or comments please send the organising team directly an email at: qtspacemalta@sciencesconf.org

For COST-specific questions, please email the administrators of CA15220 at: bassi@ts.infn.it

  

Organisation and funding

This conference is being organised by the COST CA15220 network “Quantum Technologies in Space”. The lead organiser on behalf of the network is André Xuereb of the University of Malta.

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Local organisation

André Xuereb

Lucienne May Bugeja

  

Programme committee

Mauro Paternostro (chair)

Angelo Bassi

Simon Gröblacher

Hendrik Ulbricht

Rainer Kaltenbaek

Christoph Marquardt

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