H2020-FETFLAG-2018-2020 (FET FLAGSHIPS – Tackling grand interdisciplinary science and technology challenges)

ASTERIQS, a collaboration of several EU groups and industry partners, will exploit quantum sensing based on the NV center in ultrapure diamond to bring solutions to societal and economic needs for which no solution exists yet. Its objectives are to develop:

  1. Advanced applications based on magnetic field measurement: fully integrated scanning diamond magnetometer instrument for nanometer scale measurements, high dynamics range magnetic field sensor to control advanced batteries used in electrical car industry, labon – Chip Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) detector for early diagnosis of disease, magnetic field imaging camera for biology or robotics, instantaneous spectrum analyser for wireless communications management;
  2. New sensing applications to sense temperature within a cell, to monitor new states of matter under high pressure, to sense electric field with ultimate sensitivity;
  3. New measurement tools to elucidate the chemical structure of single molecules by NMR for the pharmaceutical industry or the structure of spintronics devices at the nanoscale for new generation spin-based electronic devices.
ASTERIQS will develop enabling tools to achieve these goals: highest grade diamond material with ultralow impurity level, advanced protocols to overcome residual noise in sensing schemes, optimized engineering for miniaturized and efficient devices. ASTERIQS will disseminate its results towards academia and industry and educate next-generation physicists and engineers. It will contribute to the strategic objectives of the Quantum Flagship to expand European leadership in quantum technologies, deliver scientific breakthroughs, make available European technological platforms and develop synergetic collaborations with them, and finally kick-start a competitive European quantum industry. The ASTERIQS consortium federates world-leading European academic and industrial partners to bring quantum sensing from the laboratory to applications for the benefit of European citizens.


  1. Huijie Zheng, Zhiyin Sun, Georgios Chatzidrosos, Chen Zhang, Kazuo Nakamura, Hitoshi Sumiya, Takeshi Ohshima, Junichi Isoya, Jörg Wrachtrup, Arne Wickenbrock, and Dmitry Budker, Microwave-free vector magnetometry with nitrogen-vacancy centers along a single axis in diamond, (2019), Phys. Rev. Applied 13, 044023; arXiv:1904.04361
  2. Huijie Zheng, Jingyan Xu, Geoffrey Iwata, Till Lenz, Julia Michl, Boris Yavkin, Kazuo Nakamura, Hitoshi Sumiya, Takeshi Ohshima, Junichi Isoya, Joerg Wrachtrup, Arne Wickenbrock, and Dmitry Budker, Zero-field magnetometry based on nitrogen-vacancy ensembles in diamond, Phys. Rev. Applied 11, 064068 (2019); arXiv:1811.11498


EC – European Commission
Project Number: H2020-EU.1.2.3.
Date: 01/10/2018 → 30/09/2021