Results from macQsimal presented at the 2022 Joint conference of the European Frequency and Time Forum & the IEEE International Frequency Control Symposium

Three years after the last in-person IFCS and EFTF, the Time & Frequency community met again at the 2022 joint EFTF and IFCS conference. The event was held between 24 – 28 April at the “Cité des Sciences” science museum in Paris, France with a hybrid option providing online access for those attending virtually. This event was an excellent opportunity to showcase latest breakthroughs from the macQsimal project within the field of miniaturized atomic clocks.

The symposium offered an overview on topics including:

Group 1: Materials, Resonators, & Resonator Circuits
Group 2: Oscillators, Synthesizers, Noise & Circuit Techniques
Group 3: Microwave Frequency Standards & Applications
Group 4: Sensors & Transducers
Group 5: Timekeeping, T&F Transfer, Telecom, GNSS & Applications
Group 6: Optical Frequency Standards & Applications

The macQsimal project was strongly represented by partners from Université de Neuchâtel (Prof. Gaetano Mileti, Dr. Christoph Affolderbach and Etienne Batori), CSEM (Dr. Jacques Haesler, Dr. Sylvain Karlen, Dr. Davide Grassani and Dr. Laurent Balet) and Orolia (Dr. Serge Grop and Christian Schori).

Contribution to the event covered both, oral and poster presentations.

Lectures from macQsimal partners dominated the Chip-scale Atomic Clock Session chaired by John Kitching from NIST on the 27th of April covering four of six talks delivered during this session:

The presentations covered insights from the space application of Orolia’s compact clock with a physics package developed by CSEM, the performance of the miniature atomic clock prototype, the impact of application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) on reducing power consumption and advancements in a higher-performance compact clock.

macQsimal partners presented also two posters during the in-person session held on Monday 25th April:

In addition, Gaetano Mileti and Christophe Affolderbach from UniNE were also chairing a session dedicated to Cell Standards (clocks) whereas Orolia with a booth showcased a full suite of Industrial dedicated products including the latest breakthrough low SWaP-C Miniaturized Rubidium Oscillator.

JacQues Haesler profile, macQsimal project coordinator The joint EFTF-IFCS conference held in Paris was an excellent occasion to meet again the whole Time & Frequency community in person. This was greatly appreciated by all participants. It was also the occasion to meet and discuss with industrial partners thanks to the numerous booths. The macQsimal project was especially well represented by partners from Neuchâtel. We could show that in the field of chip-scale atomic clocks, the macQsimal is at the forefront of international developments! – says the project coordinator, Dr. Jacques Haesler.

@ photo credits CSEM