Magnetic fields of various types are omnipresent. Their measurement with high precision provides information about their sources in various areas of life and environmental sciences. Hence, magnetic field sensors can be found not only in research and industry, but also in almost all areas of our everyday life, e.g., in smartphones.
The research department Magnetometry is dedicated to the development and application of new miniaturized and highly sensitive magnetic field sensors. Our work is centered on optically pumped magnetometers (OPM) for new imaging and multimodal methods in biophotonic and geophysical applications.
Another focus is the investigation of quantum, quantum-optical, and atomic phenomena as well as innovative materials for the development of photonic magnetometers and quantum sensors. The research work covers the complete chain from basic research over innovative assembling, interconnection and system technologies to complex measuring instruments. Our work covers single sensors of highest resolution up to sensor arrays in imaging cameras, as well as special quantum circuits and hybrid systems.
The research department focuses on operating principles, fabrication technologies, and system integration of magnetometers and quantum sensors based on advanced micro- and nanotechnologies, which are also used as a basis for fundamental investigations in the field of quantum technologies and applications in the field of scientific instrumentation.
Application fields emerge in various research areas and practical scenarios, wherever highly sensitive detection of magnetic fields is essential. These range from medicine, environment and geosciences to fundamental physics and quantum technologies.
Health technologies, medicine
Environmental and Earth Sciences