The University of Birmingham
The recently established Midlands Ultracold Atom Research Centre concen-trates a considerable amount of expertise in all aspects of cold atom and quantum optics research at the University of Birmingham, where three experimental and 3 theoretical research groups work in this area. In addition Prof. Bongs has been continuously working since 2000 on robust small scale laser, optical, vacuum, trap and electronics systems for cold atom applications, ranging from mobile gravity gradiometers to drop-tower Bose-Einstein condensates and to mobile optical clocks. Technical support is available by a state-of-the-art mechanical workshop and an ESA-space-certified electrical workshop linked to the Astrophysics group with extensive experience in de-livering space projects. Further support will come from the Bham EU and finance offices, which have extensive expertise in managing EU projects. Bham participates in 106 FP6 projects and coordinates 7 collaborative pro-jects and three Marie Curie ITNs.