Horizon 2020: FET-Open Challenging Current Thinking – consortium seeks partner in the area of laser physics and molecular quantum control

REQUEST from Bulgaria, reference: RDBG20191018001, valid from 15-11-2019 untill 31-03-2020

Research & Development
  • Start date:
    15 november 2019 (3 weken geleden)
  • End date:
    31 maart 2020
  • Summary:
    A Bulgarian research centre will act as Coordinator for a project under FET Open programme in the field of propulsion employing the quantum technology. The consortium seeks at least one more partner outside Bulgaria and UK. The type of partner could be an SME, centres or universities with experience in R&D in laser physics and molecular quantum control. The role of the partner will be to lead the experimental validation stage and provide expert advice during the theoretical and demo stages.
  • Description:
    Cutting edge quantum technologies are currently being used in the areas of communications, computing, and sensing. This project aims to extend the application of quantum technology in the field of propulsion. A quantum drive would not interact with the environment chemically or radioactively. It should work in any media, such as water, air, and vacuum.

    The proposed Q-drive relies on the unique nitrogen inversion of ammonia (NH3) - a feature that was previously utilised in the first atomic clocks (1949) and the masers (1953). The nitrogen inversion is a quantum tunnelling process where the NH3 gas molecules spontaneously change their shape billions of times per second at the speed of light. A relatively small container filled with ammonia can contain ~1020 of these molecular pistons. Besides, the NH3 molecules are polar and can be organised with externally applied electric fields and lasers. The work cycles of every molecular piston would be as follows: orient-invert-orient-invert. The intent is to orient the quantum tunnelling of the relatively heavy nitrogen in a fixed predominant direction. The oriented pistons would affect the molecular collisions creating pressure bias and a resultant propulsive force at the macroscale. Up to 10 TW of inversion power can be extracted from 1m3 of ammonia gas at atmospheric pressure.

    Recent proof-of-concept experiments (2018) with ammonia in an electric field demonstrate the translational and rotational motion of a 1-kg container. This project aims to optimise the efficiency of the Q-drive by evaluating theoretically alternative resonant and non-resonant orientation approaches for the NH3 molecules, which do not prohibit the quantum tunnelling process. The optimal solutions will be tested in laboratory conditions. Depending on the complexity of the final solution, a pilot demo test may be conducted on a scaled-down ship model typically used for propeller design.
    The consortium seeks a partner to lead the experimental validation stage and provide expert advice during the theoretical and demo stages.

    The proposal is being prepared for the next FET OPEN call (Horizon 2020: FET-Open Challenging Current Thinking; 13 May 2020 ) by an international consortium represented by an academic institution,a research centre and small industries that combine basic and applied research.

    EOI deadline: 31 March 2020
    Call deadline: 13 May 2020
    Project duration:
Partner Sought
  • Type of Partnership Considered:
    Research cooperation agreement
  • Technical Specification or Expertise Sought:

    The type of partner could be SME, centres or Universities with experience in R&D in laser physics and molecular quantum control. The role of the partner will be to lead the experimental validation stage and provide expert advice during the theoretical and demo stages.

    SME 11-50,University,R&D Institution

Organisation
  • Development stage:
    Under development/lab tested
  • IPR Status:
    Patent(s) applied for but not yet granted
  • Market keywords:
    Other Industrial Products (not elsewhere classified)
    Other transportation
  • Technology keywords:
    Traction/Propulsion Systems
  • NACE keywords:
    Other research and experimental development on natural sciences and engineering
  • Advantages and Innovations:
    The proposed Q-drive method is environmentally safe. It does not rely on chemical or radioactive processes.

    The Q-drive method has has no analogue with a wide range of applications such as the propulsion of ground, marine, air and space vehicles.
Client
  • Type and Size of Organisation:
    R&D Institution
  • Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation
    Nee
  • Year Established:
    0
  • Turnover:
  • Country of origin:
    Bulgaria
  • Languages spoken
    • English
Program
  • Coordinator Required
    Nee
  • Deadline:
    13 mei 2020
  • Submission and evaluation scheme: