Quantum Sensors at Fraunhofer IAF

The optimization of complex circuits, the visualization of individual bits in electronic storage media or a look into brain magnetic fields in order to control machines with thoughts - all these are visions that can become reality with the help of quantum magnetometers.

At Fraunhofer IAF, we are pursuing these visions with the aid of quantum sensor technology. One of our goals is to develop magnetometers with the highest spatial resolutions and the highest sensitivities, so that it will be possible to detect individual atomic nuclear spins - a revolution in the field of nanoanalytics. Quantum sensor technology is the quantum technology with the highest potential for industrial applications.

Diamond-based quantum sensors

We develop diamond-based quantum sensors that can detect magnetic and electric fields with a spatial resolution of just a few nanometers down to individual electron and nuclear spins. The developments at Fraunhofer IAF in the field of quantum sensor technology with diamond thus contribute to the fact that quantum technologies quickly move from the laboratory stage into application.

Brochure: Quantum sensor technology at Fraunhofer IAF

This brochure gives you an overview of our diverse quantum sensor projects in the field of electronics and medical technology as well as our core competences regarding diamond.


Award for the quantum sensor


Press release 01/15/2020

Application laboratory for quantum sensors

In order to advance the transfer of research developments from the field of quantum sensor technology into industrial applications, an application laboratory is being established at Fraunhofer IAF. Funding of one million euros each comes from both the state of Baden-Württemberg and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.


News 06/04/2019

Quantum technology - an innovation driver for industry?

Quantum research has made considerable progress in recent years. To strengthen cooperation between research and industry, the Fraunhofer Institutes IAF, IPM and IWM invited to the industrial workshop »Quantum Technology« on June 4. Also the project QMAG was presented.


Press release 05/14/2019

Quantum sensors for the industry


Fraunhofer researchers from six institutes have joined forces to develop quantum magnetometers for a variety of industrial applications. On May 14, the official kick-off event for the Fraunhofer Leitprojekt QMag took place in Berlin.


Press release 11/05/2018

Magnetic resonance imaging of the heart

The MetaboliQs project combines diamond-based quantum sensing and medical imaging, two areas of European excellence, to enhance understanding of disease-related molecular changes in the body, thereby promoting personalized cardiovascular disease diagnostics.


Press release 09/25/2018

Measuring Smallest Magnetic Fields in the Brain Using Diamond and Laser Technology

With the production and optimization of NV centers in Diamant, the Freiburg scientists at Fraunhofer IAF want to pave the way for highly sensitive magnetic field detectors at room temperature operation and develop the world's first laser threshold magnetometer.



Awarded: The quantum sensor

The quantum sensor - an atomic size detector. With the innovation, the Fraunhofer IAF was able to convince the jury in the category of science and became one of 100 »Excellent Landmarks in the Land of Ideas« 2018. The annual award distinguishes companies with inspiration, openness and courageous action and awards innovative answers to social issues.