Photonics is a strongly growing sector of the economy and a major research area in Europe. In Thuringia and in particular in Jena, the scientific and industrial location is shaped by universities, research institutes and companies in the field of optics and photonics. While the number of young, well-trained female graduates is high, women who hold a leading position in academia and high-tech industry are still underrepresented.
The research department quantum detection deals with the development of detectors and measuring systems for detection at the quantum limit. The core task is the research and application of uncooled and cooled sensors for the detection of electromagnetic radiation in the long-wave THz range and infrared range, combined with the development of technological processes for the reproducible production of such sensors. Detector development and manufacturing are based on highly-developed micro and nanotechnologies. The detectors are used to build novel measuring systems which allow spatially and temporally resolved monitoring.
The work in this field is in line with IPHT’s basic understanding of carrying out research from the idea to the instrument. The pursuit of instruments with maximum sensitivity and the exploration of novel sensor classes are primarily motivated by photonic applications in the areas of the life and environmental sciences, health, and security.
As a result of the work done by the quantum detection research department, a wide range of applications is being developed. The expertise of the department ranges from the production of highly-integrated circuits and sensors of different materials to the development and manufacturing of complex measuring systems.