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Clusters of Excellence

Light an Matter at the Quantum Frontier

QuantumFrontiers' research focuses on the basic pillars of metrology: foundations and applications. The foundations of metrology focus on the fundamental properties of light, matter and their interactions.

Are you interested in how to push the bounds of what is possible to measure in nature? How precise can you observe climate change, black holes or the flow of time? Within QuantumFrontiers we develop quantum devices to monitor our water resources from space, detect gravitational waves and explore which clock can achieve the best accuracy. We exploit hand-in-hand nano-engineering and quantum physics to increase the sensitivity of measurements to improve our fundamental understanding of nature.

Is it possible to generate and detect noise-free single electron or single photon sources and can we validate such sources for use in high-accuracy current sources and quantum cryptography? Can we perform precise microscopy on the nanoscale to enable new insights for a multitude of scientific disciplines? These questions and many more are what drive the QuantumFrontiers’ research program. We invite you to learn more about the research being done to advance the foundation of metrology by exploring light and matter and the applications in metrology at the quantum frontier of the smallest and largest scales.

The success of QuantumFrontiers is built on the excellence and long-standing collaboration of the people and institutions comprising the DFG-funded Cluster of Excellence on core competences: Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH), TU Braunschweig, Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Max Planck Institute for Gravitional Physics (AEI), Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) and Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM). This combination of expertise and infrastructure contributed by the diverse partners is not found anywhere else in the world.

The QuantumFrontiers cluster is reinforced by local strategic networks between the institutions (QUANOMET, MIB, QUEST), as well as numerous partnerships with research networks active in Germany and internationally.

Involved Institutions:

  • Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH)
  • Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB)
  • Max-Planck-Institut für Gravitationsphysik (Albert-Einstein-Institut)
  • Universität Bremen, Zentrum für angewandte Raumfahrttechnologie und Mikrogravitation (ZARM)