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Prospects for Space Quantum Research

Edited by:
Lisa Wörner, PhD
German Aerospace Center DLR e.V., Institute for Satellite Geodesy and Inertial Sensing, Germany
John L. Callas, PhD 
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, USA

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 31 August 2024

EPJ Quantum Technology is calling for submissions to our Collection on Prospects for Space Quantum Research

About the Collection

Quantum technologies are gaining importance every day. Space exploration has been on the forefront of development of quantum technologies and investigation of quantum mechanical phenomena. It is thus evident, that space, with its demands on size, mass, and power, can be a major technology driver and accelerator for innovations in quantum technology. 

In this topical Collection, we want to summarize the uses of and advancement in quantum technologies:

In Space - Quantum technologies in space can be deployed to investigate a number of fundamental questions not possible in terrestrial environments, especially:

      • Quantum Mechanical Phenomena:
             • Decoherence Experiments
             • Surface Interactions
             • 3D atomic systems
             • Et cetera

     • Fundamental Physics:
             • Weak Equivalence Principle Tests
             • Local Lorentz Invariance Tests
             • Local Position Invariance Tests
             • Search for new physics

For Space - The exploration of space can benefit from the possibilities in quantum technologies. Quantum technologies can be deployed for space, especially in:
     • Navigation without GNSS
             • Deep Space Timing, Position and Navigation (PNT)
             • Inertial Sensing
             • Navigation along and Generation of Planetary Maps

     • Planetary and Lunar Research
     • Space Weather Monitoring
     • Gravitational Redshift
     • Gravitational Wave Detection

From Space - Our civilization has come to rely on global services that can be improved by or include already quantum technologies, such as:
     • Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)
     • Earth Observation
            • Gravimetry / Gravity Gradiometry
            • Quantum RADAR
            • Quantum LIDAR
            • Altimetry
     • Quantum Communication Networks

This topical issue welcomes publications in all these areas with a specific focus given to the current strategic considerations at NASA, through the National Academies' Biological and Physics Sciences Decadal Survey report, and at ESA.

There are currently no articles in this collection.

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of research articles. Should you wish to submit a different article type, please read our submission guidelines to confirm that type is accepted by the journal. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. Please, select the appropriate Collection title “Prospects for Space Quantum Research" under the “Details” tab during the submission stage.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer-review process. The peer-review of any submissions for which the Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.