Diamond Materials

Diamond Materials for Quantum Application

23. September 2014: The DFG research group FOR 1493 “Diamond Materials and Quantum Applications” goes into its second funding period. FOR1493 is a national research consortium funded by the Deutsche Forsch-ungsgemeinschaft.

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Complex quantum physics experiments require sophisticated electronics

When specialized devices are not commercially available, they have to be developed in house – and that pays off. This was realized recently also by two groups of students and post docs from the 3rd Physics Institute, who went ahead and commercialized their electronics developments.

Markus Wick, Marco Di Sarno and Helmut Fedder developed an 8 channel streaming time-to-digital converter with ~20 ps resolution in FPGA fabric that is now sold by the newly founded company 'Swabian Instruments'. “The key feature of the device is the versatile software backend that allows an unlimited number of data analysis threads to hook onto the time tag stream in real time”, say the developers.

LK-Instruments, founded by Kim Kafenda and Stefan Lasse, developed an new generation of rotary stages for precise positioning of optical research-equipment. They beard the lack of table-top and manual controllable positioning devices by providing an easy to use and full-featured computer interface at the same time for all computer platforms.

With these new developed tools and their new concepts of usage, research at the 3rd Physics Institute got much faster, more precise and more comfortable for all our researchers.

Kim Kafenda, Stefan Lasse, Marco Di Sarno, Helmut Fedder and Markus Wick
Kim Kafenda, Stefan Lasse, Marco Di Sarno, Helmut Fedder and Markus Wick