Ion trapping has many applications across science and technology.

Along with steady progress in high precision mass spectrometry – well developed and widely employed in research and industry – emerging technologies, such as quantum computers, quantum sensors, and optical atomic clocks, will have a major economic impact in the next decade. Indeed, ion traps have a vast potential for the implementation of new quantum technologies, as strongly emphasized by the European Quantum Flagship.

This COST Action provides a platform to develop new tools, technologies and ideas for classical and quantum technologies, based on trapped charged particles, to foster rapid scientific progress and transfer of mature technologies to socioeconomic partners.

Specifically, this Action targets to overcome the current limits in the field of trapped ions in terms of:

  • Quantum control;
  • Scalability;
  • Precision measurements;
  • Hybrid quantum systems.

This will immediately lead to breakthroughs in science and provides numerous innovative applications in quantum information processing, metrology, and sensing.

We pursue these goals with a coordinated multidisciplinary European approach, in order to form a critical mass of groups and partners, and to combine the individual efforts within and outside quantum technologies. Hence, a highly dynamic network is fundamental to ensure an efficient exchange of know-how and technologies between stakeholders, thus facilitating rapid progress not only in research but also in emerging technologies. This has potentially a significant long-term socio-economic impact, which the Action aims to strengthen through active involvement of private sector partners.

This Action provides an efficient network for ion trapping research groups by integrating all European ion trapping groups and relevant international partners, with a special focus towards Early Career Investigators (ECI) training, inclusion of less-research-intensive countries, and involvement of socio-economic partners. A close collaboration throughout the network will allow tackling the challenges of classical and quantum technologies based on trapped charged particles. The joined effort will help to develop and implement advanced precision devices for research and industry.