Quantum Navigation

Quantum Navigation

Development of atomic sensors for navigation in dynamic environments. Sensor fusion concepts, simulations and tracking of real trajectories.

Contributions to QuantumFrontiers

  • Development of novel quantum sensors, algorithms and hybrid sensing schemes for research and application
  • Maturation of quantum sensors for application and a narrowing of the gap towards end user products
  • Collaboration on the generation and usage of Bose-Einstein condensate under microgravity conditions

Collaborative Innovation

  • Developing compact atomic accelerometers and gyroscopes for terrestrial and space applications (Abend, Schlippert, Rasel IQ / Schubert, DLR)
  • Advancing novel multi-axis concepts of atom interferometry and atomic manipulation (Abend, IQ / Schubert, DLR)
  • Investigating sensor fusion concepts between classical and quantum sensors (Abend, Schlippert, IQ)
  • Realizing simulations enabling tracking of platform trajectories with quantum sensors (Abend, IQ / Schön, IFE)
  • Atom chips for ultracold atomic devices (Abend, Heine, IQ / Wurz, IMPT / Schubert, Herr, DLR)

Scientific Output

  • Publications
    Albers H, Corgier R, Herbst A, Rajagopalan A, Schubert C, Vogt C et al. All-optical matter-wave lens using time-averaged potentials. Communications Physics. 2022 Mar 16;5(1):60. doi: 10.48550/arXiv.2109.08608, 10.1038/s42005-022-00825-2
    Herbst A, Albers H, Stolzenberg K, Bode S, Schlippert D. Rapid generation of all-optical K39 Bose-Einstein condensates using a low-field Feshbach resonance. Physical Review A. 2022 Oct 21;106(4):043320. doi: 10.1103/physreva.106.043320
    Frye K, Abend S, Bartosch W, Bawamia A, Becker D, Blume H et al. The Bose-Einstein Condensate and Cold Atom Laboratory. EPJ Quantum Technology. 2021 Jan 4;8(1):1. doi: 10.1140/epjqt/s40507-020-00090-8, 10.15488/10339
    Gebbe M, Siemß J-N, Gersemann M, Müntinga H, Herrmann S, Lämmerzahl C et al. Twin-lattice atom interferometry. Nature Communications. 2021 May 5;12(1):2544. doi: 10.1038/s41467-021-22823-8
    Hensel T, Loriani S, Schubert C, Fitzek F, Abend S, Ahlers H et al. Inertial sensing with quantum gases: a comparative performance study of condensed versus thermal sources for atom interferometry. European Physical Journal D. 2021 Mar 22;75:108. doi: 10.1140/epjd/s10053-021-00069-9
    Kanthak S, Gebbe M, Gersemann M, Abend S, Rasel EM, Krutzik M. Time-domain optics for atomic quantum matter. New journal of physics. 2021 Sept 1;23(9):093002. doi: 10.1088/1367-2630/ac1285
    Lachmann MD, Ahlers H, Becker D, Dinkelaker AN, Grosse J, Hellmig O et al. Ultracold atom interferometry in space. Nature Communications. 2021 Dec;12(1):1317. Epub 2021 Feb 26. doi: 10.1038/s41467-021-21628-z
    Schubert C, Abend S, Gersemann M, Gebbe M, Schlippert D, Berg P et al. Multi-loop atomic Sagnac interferometry. Scientific Reports. 2021 Dec;11(1):16121. Epub 2021 Aug 9. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-95334-7
    Tennstedt B, Schön S. Integration of atom interferometers and inertial measurement units to improve navigation performance. In 28th Saint Petersburg International Conference on Integrated Navigation Systems, ICINS 2021. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. 2021. 9470809 doi: 10.15488/11023, 10.23919/ICINS43216.2021.9470809
    Canuel B, Abend S, Amaro-Seoane P, Badaracco F, Beaufils Q, Bertoldi A et al. ELGAR: a European Laboratory for Gravitation and Atom-interferometric Research. Classical and Quantum Gravity. 2020 Oct 28;37(22):225017. doi: 10.48550/arXiv.1911.03701, 10.1088/1361-6382/aba80e
    Gersemann M, Gebbe M, Abend S, Schubert C, Rasel EM. Differential interferometry using a Bose-Einstein condensate. European Physical Journal D. 2020 Oct 1;74(10):203. doi: 10.1140/epjd/e2020-10417-8
    Richardson LL, Nath D, Rajagopalan A, Albers H, Meiners C, Schubert C et al. Opto-mechanical resonator-enhanced atom interferometry. Communications Physics. 2020 Nov 13;3(1):208. doi: 10.1038/s42005-020-00473-4
    Siemß J-N, Fitzek F, Abend S, Rasel EM, Gaaloul N, Hammerer K. Analytic theory for Bragg atom interferometry based on the adiabatic theorem. Physical Review A. 2020 Sept 10;102(3):033709. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevA.102.033709
    Tennstedt B, Schon S. Dedicated Calculation Strategy for Atom Interferometry Sensors in Inertial Navigation. In 2020 IEEE/ION Position, Location and Navigation Symposium, PLANS 2020. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. 2020. p. 755-764. 9110142. ( IEEE/ION Position Location and Navigation Symposium). doi: 10.1109/plans46316.2020.9110142
    Bongs K, Holynski M, Vovrosh J, Bouyer P, Condon G, Rasel E et al. Taking atom interferometric quantum sensors from the laboratory to real-world applications. Nature Reviews Physics. 2019 Oct 28;1(12):731-739. doi: 10.1038/s42254-019-0117-4, 10.1038/s42254-021-00396-1
    Christ M, Kassner A, Smol R, Bawamia AI, Peters A, Wurz MC et al. Integrated Atomic Quantum Technologies in Demanding Environments: Development and Qualification of Miniaturized Optical Setups and Integration Technologies for UHV and Space Operation. In Sodnik Z, Karafolas N, Cugny B, editors, International Conference on Space Optics, ICSO 2018: Proceedings. SPIE. 2019. 1118088. (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering). doi: 10.1117/12.2536215

TG Members

  • Involved Members and their Relevant Expertise
    Members Institution Relevant Expertise
    Sven Abend, Leader LUH Quantum Gravimeters
    Alexander Kassner LUH Atom-Chip Based Gravimeters and Inertial Sensors
    Christian Schubert LUH Atom-Chip Based Gravimeters and Inertial Sensors
    Ernst M. Rasel LUH Quantum Gravimeters; Atom-Chip Based Gravimeters and Inertial Sensors
    Marc Christopher Wurz LUH Development of compact vacuum pumps, pressure measurement devices and miniaturized Rb sources; Atom-Chip Based Gravimeters and Inertial Sensors
    Steffen Schön LUH GNSS based frequency transfer towards relativistic geodesy
    Claus Lämmerzahl ZARM Quantum Sensors in Free Fall; Relativistic Geodesy; Quantum Objects in Gravity
    Dennis Schlippert LUH  
    Waldemar Herr LUH  
    Yueyang Zou LUH  
    Ashwin Rajagopalan LUH  
    Mouine Abidi LUH  
    Philipp Barbey LUH  
    Hendrik Heine LUH  
    Matthias Gersemann LUH  
    Sebastian Bode LUH  
    Knut Stolzenberg LUH  
    Alexander Herbst LUH  
    Benjamin Tennstedt LUH  
    Nicolai Weddig LUH  
    Dennis Philipp ZARM  
    Christian Pfeifer ZARM  
    Christian Vogt ZARM  
    Sven Herrmann ZARM  
    Christoph Künzler LUH  
    Nina Heine LUH Quantum Navigation
    Kai Bruns LUH  
    Ann Sabu LUH