At Fraunhofer IAF, research is conducted on diamond-based devices and innovative solutions for future topics in the field of quantum computing and quantum sensor technology.
We research and develop semiconductor devices and electronic components for controlling and manipulating color centers in diamond, which are used as qubits for quantum computing and as atomic sensors for quantum sensing.
For quantum computing, we are researching how nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers in diamond can be used to realize, stabilize, manipulate, and entangle individual qubits into a larger quantum register to perform quantum gate operations. To harness quantum computing, further important components are software and industrial applications. Therefore, we also conduct research in the fields of quantum software engineering, as well as hybrid quantum applications and algorithms.
For quantum sensing, we are exploring technological methods to use color centers to measure magnetic fields with high sensitivity for applications in nanoelectronics, navigation, and biomedicine.
Important core competences for the use of these quantum states are the material development for diamond-based devices as well as our expertise in optoelectronics and microwave technology, which we use to excite the color centers on the atomic level and develop further for this purpose.