Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), MiLiQuant is a three-year project to develop diode laser-based light sources. Nanoscribe will join Bosch, the optics company Zeiss, and quantum technology specialist Q.ANT on the MiLiQuant program. The consortium also includes Paderborn Univerisity and the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, both in Germany.
From nano to mesoscale
Founded in 2007 as a spinoff of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Nanoscribe now functions as a medium-sized business from Eggenstein, with a subsidiary in Shanghai.
The company is known for its Photonic Professional GT 3D printer which is capable of printing mesoscale and nano-scale objects down to 200 microns. In addition to this, the GT printer can also make minute security signatures known as diffractive optical elements.
Dr. Michael Thiel, Chief Science Officer at Nanoscribe, said, “With our 3D printers, high-precision micro-optical components can be produced in shortest time with submicrometer resolution and enormous design freedom […] We are happy to contribute our profound know-how to the MiLiQuant project for the further development of packaging technologies.”
3D printing at a quantum level
The purpose of MiLiQuant is to initialize quantum technology at the industry level. By leveraging research in photonics and quantum technology, the MiLiQuant team will deploy miniaturized diode laser-based light-sources. This technology will be used to further develop quantum sensors and quantum imaging devices.
The applications of these will range from quantum and diamond-based imaging devices for medical diagnostics and sensors for autonomous vehicles.
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