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21/08/2023 – Steering Committee Meeting

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21/8/2023
The PI chaired a discussion on planning the project first Review Meeting: possible dates, possible names for monitors, preliminary agenda, organizational aspects. The PI gave a preliminary presentation of the project overview with the double intent of collecting missing data from the partners and to give an example of presentation for the Review Meeting. Partners agreed to organize in WPs and prepare corresponding presentations. Admin officer gave a preliminary presentation on WP4 – Management, Dissemination, Exploitation and Communication, Commercial exploitation. Partners also discussed some aspects of reporting on the portal: Deliverables, Milestones, Risks, Impact and Results and some inputs were collected on dissemination and communication.

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13/9/2023 – 15/9/2023 – Fundamental Problems in Quantum Physics 2023

University of Trieste, IT

13/9/2023 - 15/7/2023

Third school on quantum foundations dedicated to Prof. GianCarlo Ghirardi.

Quantum Mechanic is extremely successful in predicting experimental results and has a vast range of applications. Nonetheless, many unanswered questions remain. The school will introduce Master and PhD students to the still outstanding problems in our understanding of quantum foundations.
To give a deep look into the foundations of quantum mechanics, lectures will be given by experts in the field. An extensive time will be dedicated to selected contributed talks.


All the information about the conference can be found at http://www.qmts.it/?q=fpqp2023

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11/7/2023 – 13/7/2023 – A look at the interface between gravity and quantum theory

Hotel Ferrovia - Calalzo di Cadore, IT

11/7/2023 - 13/7/2023

The workshop will gather young researchers working in topics at the interface between gravity and quantum mechanics. PhD students and PostDocs will be given the opportunity to present their research activity and interact with their colleagues, share motivations, techniques and perspectives, in a friendly and informal environment. A great amount of time will be dedicated to discussions and perspectives. The workshop is limited to a small number of attendee. If you are interested to attend, please consider registering as soon as possible. If your schedule changes and you are not able to attend after having registered, please let us know as soon as possible.

All the information about the conference can be found at qmts.it/?q=gravity-quantum/2023

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22/06/2023 – 23/06/2023 – QuCoM scientific workshop

Leiden Institute of Physics, Leiden (The Netherlands)

22/6/2023 - 23/6/2023
PIs and team member of the QuCoM project, 17 participants in total, have met in person for a 2-day scientific meeting to update on progress and to define next steps and new collaborations to achieve the objectives of the QuCoM project. The Steering Committee has also met to discuss preparation for the end of the reporting period. Moreover, the host Leiden University organized a lab tour for the participants who had opportunity to have informal discussions in small groups. Experimentalist had a structured meeting for internal updates.

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31/7/2023 – 4/8/2023 – Quantum sensing and fundamental physics with levitated mechanical systems

ECT* Villa Tambosi - Trento (Italy)

31/7/2023 - 4/8/2023

The workshop Quantum sensing and fundamental physics with levitated mechanical systems aims at bringing together theorists and experimentalists working in the field of levitated nano/micromechanical systems, using various platforms (optical, electrical, magnetic) and in related fields in order to discuss the most recent results and exchange ideas in order to explore new opportunities in quantum sensing and fundamental physics. In particular, the workshop will cover the following topics: levitated optomechanics, levitated magnetomechanics, levitated micro and nanosensors, hybrid quantum systems, spin-mechanics, search for dark matter or modified gravity or new physics beyond the standard model, fundamental science in space.

All the information about the conference can be found at https://www.ectstar.eu/workshops/quantum-sensing-and-fundamental-physics-with-levitated-mechanical-systems/

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3/7/2023 – 7/7/2023 – COLMO: Quantum Collapse Models investigated with particle, nuclear, atomic and macro systems

ECT* Villa Tambosi

3/7/2023 – 7/7/2023

The COLMO (Quantum Collapse Models investigated with Particle, Nuclear, Atomic and Macro systems) workshop aims to advance the understanding of Quantum Collapse, by bringing together theoreticians and experimentalists working in the field. New realistic dissipative and non-Markovian collapse models are being developed, including gravity-related ones, to solve a major conundrum in quantum physics: identification of a physical mechanism for the collapse of the wave function. At the same time, experimentalists search for signatures of the proposed collapse models with various and very different physical systems. Searches of anomalous heating, or of spontaneous radiation are performed in atomic, nuclear, and mesoscopic/macroscopic systems from underground laboratories to (planned) space-based experiments. A collaborative discussion of the various experimental approaches towards an optimized search of collapse model signatures is timely. COLMO will bring together the communities working in quantum collapse with the aim to set up a synergetic effort towards progress in the field.

All the information about the conference can be found at https://www.ectstar.eu/workshops/colmo-quantum-collapse-models-investigated-with-particle-nuclear-atomic-and-macro-systems/

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05/12/2022 – Optomechanical systems for tests of fundamental physics

University of Trieste

05/12/2022

In light of the kicking off of the QuCoM activities in Trieste, Dr. Matteo Carlesso has been invited to deliver a serie of seminars on optomechanics applied to fundamental tests of Quantum Mechanics to the Trieste group. Part of the tasks of the group are to devise novel experimental schemes for exploring the quantum-gravity interplay and  for testing alternative models which try to combine the two theories. Optomechanics, at the core of QuCoM, is among the most promising platforms for such tests

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14/10/2022 – Project kick off meeting

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14/10/2022
Partners have met on October 14, 2022 for the kick off meeting of the project. Local PIs and teams members were present. The meeting was chaired by Angelo Bassi, PI of QuCoM, who has given a presentation on general facts of the project, work plan, main objectives, structure of the management team, deliverables, milestones, effort, risks, plan for reviews. Hendrik Ulbricht (Southampton) has presented the experimental work to be done while Mauro Paternostro (Queen’s Belfast) has given an overview of the theoretical work to be done. Followed a scientific discussion on the presentations and a Steering Committee Meeting.

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4/10/2022 – 26/09/2023 – Experimental meetings

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4/10/2022 - 26/9/2022
The experimental partners of the QuCoM project have been meeting on a regular basis every second Tuesday of the month since the beginning of the project to update on developments of performing magnetic levitation experiments (materials, dimensions, magnetic shielding), design of two-mass gravity experiments, vibration isolation, data acquisition and analysis (electronics, lock-ins), tabulation of trapping parameters to compare different experiments. The agendas of the meetings were roughly as follows: 10:00 Update on ULEI experiments 10:30 Update on UoS experiments 11:00 General discussion about next steps and ideas

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Project manager
Irene Spagnul
ispagnul@units.it
Department of Physics
University of Trieste

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