INTerferometry with ENTangled Atoms in Space (INTENTAS)

The INTENTAS project is a collaboration between several experimental and theoretical research groups funded by the German Aerospace Center. Its goal is the generation of entangled atomic ensembles to circumvent the standard quantum limit in a compact and robust atomic sensor. This sensor will serve as a future source for high-precision atom interferometry in space. Space capability will be demonstrated within the project by operating the system in the Einstein Elevator in Hannover, Germany.

The Theoretical Quantum Optics group supports the efforts of our experimental colleagues in the development and design of this sensor from the theoretical side. Specifically, the project involves analytical and numerical modeling of entangled atoms during atom-optical manipulation to characterize the performed experiments. Using entangled atoms, tests of the validity of quantum physics and other fundamental questions are envisioned.


The INTENTAS project is supported by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR) with funds provided by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie, BMWi) due to an enactment of the German Bundestag under grant no. 50WM2177 (INTENTAS).