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The mission of QuantumFrontiers is to merge quantum metrology and nanometrology, in order to advance to the next level of unprecedented sensitivity and precision, and to push the bounds of knowledge at the largest and smallest dimensions: from gravitational wave astronomy to the manipulation of light and matter on the quantum level.


QuantumFrontiers’ research profits from an internationally unique infrastructure across six regional institutions and contributes to the technological advancements of large international research collaborations in a range of fields: geodesy, quantum optics, laser science, solid-state physics, electrical engineering, gravitational physics, nanotechnology and quantum metrology.


Within the QuantumFrontiers research program we explore light and matter at the quantum frontier. This means that we exploit quantum metrology and nanometrology to improve sensitivity and precision of measurements, i.e. the foundations of metrology. These advancements in the foundations of metrology enable new precision measurements and measurement technologies that allow us to understand nature better at the smallest and largest scales: from gravitational wave astronomy to light and matter on the quantum level.

Here are some of topics QuantumFrontiers' research is advancing:

  • optical atomic clocks for the world's most accurate time measurement and future reference systems,
  • several orders of magnitude more precise atomic interferometry,
  • new electrical 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.