Matthew Hummon, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA
Jeff Sherman, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA
Governments, industry leaders, and academic researchers are pursuing and funding the development of quantum technology with renewed intensity. While research into quantum information and exotic quantum states captures headlines, systems which leverage quantum properties of light and matter to enable and enhance measurements of physical quantities are just as likely to broadly alter our technological landscape. Quantum sensors enable measurement of acceleration, rotation, magnetic- and electric-field, temperature, chemical content, low-light intensity, length, time, and frequency---often with high stability and inherent calibration to primary standards. Space missions often impose unique and extreme requirements on sensor technology, and therefore often serve as catalysts for guiding new technologies out of the laboratory and into viable commercial application. Several such missions featuring quantum sensors are scheduled to launch in coming years. This Special Symposium will focus on opportunities and technical challenges related to space-borne quantum sensors, and empirical lessons garnered from recently completed missions.