Quantum research in the city of light Jena
Jena is an outstanding technology location with a focus on photonic and optical technologies, which is not only renown in Thuringia and Germany, but has worldwide appeal. The challenges and in particular the opportunities of the so-called 2nd quantum revolutions were recognized in Jena at an early stage and internationally leading research groups were established in particular in the field of photonic quantum technologies. With the Center of Excellence in Photonics, the university and research organizations of Jena have joined forces to form a powerful alliance that has been able to successfully acquire a broad variety of multiple research projects in relevant quantum or quantum enabling technologies such as quantum computing, quantum communication and quantum imaging / sensing at regional, national and international level. On the one hand, this forms an excellent environment for ground-breaking scientific discoveries and innovations, but also offers broad connectivity for further or subsequent research projects and initiatives as well as for a low-threshold transfer to industry and society.
The Center of Excellence in Photonics
Who is part of the joint initiative?
The Center of Excellence in Photonics (CEP, German: "Leistungszentrum Photonik”) is a joint initiative of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF, the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, the Leibniz Institutes HKI and IPHT, and the Helmholtz Institute Jena.
What is their goal?
The CEP aims to sustainably strengthen the innovative power of Thuringia and in particular the location of Jena among others in the field of quantum technologies by aligning the research and development activities at the universities and research institutes of the city of Jena with the long-term and coherent strategies of the participating partners. The CEP develops new solutions with light for important future fields and promotes their implementation and application in science, industry, and society. To this end, the CEP combines fundamental research and application-oriented research with innovative development based on scientifically excellent research on the control of light - from generation and manipulation to application. The research and development activities at the CEP aim to create an internationally outstanding center of scientific excellence including all core competencies in quantum technologies.
The beneficial connection of Fraunhofer IOF and IAP
While the Fraunhofer IOF mainly focusses on application-oriented research and cooperation with industrial partners, the IAP (Institute of Applied Physics) mainly conducts basic research. Both institutes are headed by Prof. Andreas Tünnermann, who has been acting as managing director of both institutions for almost two decades now. This enables not only the alignment of long-term, coherent strategies, but also creates a seamless innovation chain from basic research to application-oriented development and possible implementation in relevant industrial use cases.
The right entanglement for quantum research
In the field of quantum technologies, three main application areas are being investigated at the Center of Excellence in Photonics in Jena:
- Quantum communication
- Quantum computing
- Quantum imaging & sensing
In all these areas, optical technologies play an important role, either because photons are carriers of quantum information or because photons are used to study quantum systems when performing a specific task. Therefore, the development and advancement of optical quantum technologies is critical to realizing the potential inherent in quantum technologies. Learn more about the main research groups in the field of quantum technologies.