Cluster of Excellence
Cluster profile

The Cluster QuantumFrontiers combines the research strengths of three research institutions:

  • Leibniz University Hannover
  • TU Braunschweig
  • Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Braunschweig

The three partner institutions have a unique, well-matched infrastructure and an excellent scientific network of researchers in physics, engineering and other natural sciences. A unique strategic-structural quantum-nano-metrology triangle has naturally formed, that will uniquely foster the research landscape of this internationally flourishing field on the threshold of technical usability. 


QuantumFrontiers develops new measurement concepts and sensor topologies based on photonic systems, dedicated semiconductor systems, nanostructures, quantum-manipulated atomic and molecular ensembles, and even macroscopic objects.

In addition to gravitational wave astronomy, the cluster will advance further research fields such as:

  • optical atomic clocks for the world's most accurate time measurement and future reference systems,
  • several orders of magnitude more precise atomic interferometry,
  • new quantum standards,
  • sub-wavelength nanophotonics with full state control of the light,
  • hybrid CMOS integration for nano-LED platforms in the sub-100 nm range,
  • laser interferometric distance measurement in the picometer range for satellites,
  • chip-based compact atomic optics and nanophotonics,
  • relativistic geodesy with sub-centimeter height resolution.