Is the EU the place for cutting-edge quantum physics?

If the EU wants to maintain its lead position in the world of research, it needs to fund its scientists better, claims acclaimed French physicist Alain Aspect in Parliament. Alain Aspect is a member of the NATF.

GPS, transistors and broadband internet are everyday tools that we all know. But did you know that they are based on quantum physics? The EU is among the world leaders in this field, which gets 2.5 million euros of the nearly 80 billion allocated to research in the EU budget. Alain Aspect, a physicist of international renown, and a professor of quantum optics at the École polytechnique and Institut d’Optique in Paris, came to sound the alarm bells in Parliament and is counting on MEPs to respond to the needs of the EU's scientific community.