Cluster of Excellence QuantumFrontiers
We use light and matter to extend the foundations of and applications in metrology beyond the quantum limit. QuantumFrontiers develops new measurement concepts and sensor topologies based on photonic systems, dedicated semiconductor systems, nanostructures, quantum-manipulated atomic und molecular ensembles, and even macroscopic objects. In Research Area A "Foundations of Metrology", five research units lay the theoretical, conceptual, and engineering foundations for applications in metrology and fundamental physics. They investigate the fundamental and central properties of light, matter and their interactions. Research Area B "Applications in Metrology" unites six research units that cover the applications from the nanoscale of individual molecules to the truly macroscopic size of gravitational-wave detectors.
What is a Cluster of Excellence?
Clusters of Excellence support outstanding research fields at German universities. In September 2018, the Cluster of Excellence QuantumFrontiers, along with 56 other Clusters, was recommended by an international review panel and approved by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Between 2019 and 2025, the Cluster of Excellence QuantumFrontiers at the Leibniz University Hannover will receive approximately 52 million euros of funding from the federal government and the State of Lower Saxony via the German Research Foundation (DFG). The cluster is a collaboration of Leibniz University of Hannover with TU Braunschweig, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute), Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt and Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V.