On Monday and Tuesday, 7th and 8th of May 2018, the opticlock team met in sunny and warm Berlin for the third general meeting, hosted by the project partner Ferdinand Braun Institute. 21 participants attended the meeting.
During the meeting, exactly one year after commencing the project, each project partner presented their activities within the work packages from the past months. Most partners have now finished the design and concept phases, have been procuring components and materials, and started assembly of their individual opticlock sub-modules. Initial results from the sub-module characterization and evaluation were presented and discussed among the participants. The all-important mechanical, electrical and software interfaces were carefully aligned again, reacting on minor changes that emerged from this initial characterization phase. Whereas some work packages are already nearing their finish line, others pick up momentum insofar as sub-modules get interconnected and lifted to the next level of integration complexity. Here, a robust communication and flawless interplay will be the central aspects.
Furthermore, the team looked at the overall project time line, recollecting the upcoming milestones and handover dates to ensure that all development paths at the various sites will link up smoothly. In this regard, every partner had the opportunity to show in more detail its work package time lines to be challenged by the others.
In summary, the project is progressing very well and we are in good spirits that the major milestone "Yb+ ion successfully trapped" in May 2019 will be reached successfully, eventually leading to a successful opticlock demonstrator in May 2020.