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Collaborative Research Centre: Development of quantum sensors

PTB-News 3.2016

A great success for quantum metrology: On 1 July 2016, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) established the new Collaborative Research Centre 1227, “Designed Quantum States of Matter (DQ-mat) – Generation, Manipulation and Detection for Metrological Applications and Tests of Fundamental Physics” at Leibniz Universität Hannover. The participating scientists will be working on exploiting the special properties of quantum-mechanical systems for better quantum sensors, such as optical clocks and accelerometers. In addition to Leibniz Universität Hannover (Institut für Quantenoptik, Institut für Theoretische Physik and Institut für Didaktik der Mathematik und Physik), other participating institutions are the Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM) of the University of Bremen, and PTB in Braunschweig The CRC is designed to last twelve years. Funding for the first four years will amount to slightly less than €10 million.