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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Quantumkosmos

From Quantum to KOSMOS - Optical Quantum Technologies for Small Satellites

3-day KOSMOS Workshop

The workshop "From Quantum to KOSMOS" took place from 12. - 14. September 2018 in Berlin.



We would like to thank...

  • KOSMOS programme, funded by Future Concept resources of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin through the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal Government and its Federal States.
  • Profile partnership with National University of Singapore
  • Faculty of Mathematic and Natural Sciences, institute of Physics
  • All merchandise sponsors
  • The QSens team for support


... and all participants for coming to our workshop in Berlin Adlershof.

See you next time!



About the Workshop


Dates: 12. - 14. September 2018 (Wednesday to Friday)

Place: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Erwin Schrödinger Center (Room 0'119), Campus Adlershof, Berlin, Germany


Quantum technologies have the potential to advance many applications in space, such as navigation, time and frequency distribution, Earth observation and planetary remote sensing, precision ranging, communication and networks, as well as fundamental physics. Small satellites have recently gained more and more attention in and outside the space community. Reduction in cost, increase in performance and the possibility to realize short mission development times make this satellite class predestined for demonstrating fundamental science and enabling technologies in space.

However, the demonstration of corresponding instruments (atomic clocks, inertial sensors, non-classical light sources) and underlying principal technologies on small satellite platforms remain a challenge. Application-driven requirements on the payload in combination with the limited SWaP (size, weight and power) resources on-board a small satellite demand interdisciplinary strategies with input from physics and engineering.

The 3-day KOSMOS workshop "From Quantum to KOSMOS" includes talks in dedicated sessions and working groups on research in the field of optical quantum technology for space applications. It aims at addressing scientific and technical as well as strategic questions. Four main topics form the context of the workshop:


  • Applications of OQT on small satellites

  • OQT demonstration in relevant environments

  • Technology developments and OQT industry

  • Small satellite platforms for OQT


Registration for the workshop is free.



Artist's impression of the QUEEN spacecraft

© M. Lehmann, TU Berlin

JOKARUS payload

© F. Gutsch, HU Berlin





Please note that the program might be subject to change. Check this website for updates. Registration starts on Wednesday at 8:00, the registration desk is located inside the conference room.


  Wed 12. Sept Thur 13. Sept Fri 14. Sept




Harald Weinfurter

LMU München

Secure communication with small satellites

Ronald Holzwarth

Menlo Systems

Title tbd

Hanjo Schäfer


Critical aspects of electro-optical devices in space environment and their qualification



Nan Yu


Atomic clocks and quantum sensors – promises and challenges in technology infusion


Andreas Wicht


Micro-integrated diode laser modules for quantum optics applications in space


Irene Selvanathan

German Orbital Systems

Accelerating Innovative Science with Commercial CubeSat Platforms


10:00 Coffee Break Coffee Break

Coffee Break



Raffaele Nolli

University of Birmingham

Space activities at University of Birmingham (UK QT Hub in Sensors and Metrology)

Paul Griffin

University of Strathclyde

Grating MOTs as a robust source for cold and quantum-degenerate atomic gases

Merlin Barschke

Technische Universität Berlin

Small satellite development at Technische Universität Berlin and the technology demonstration mission QUEEN




Daniel Oi

University of Strathclyde

Quantum Research CubeSat (QUARC)

Winfried Halle

DLR Institute of Optical Sensor Systems

Small satellite technologies from DLR Adlershof

Tobias Vogl

Australian National University

Next-generation single-photon sources for satellite-based quantum communication



Lunch & Networking


Lunch & Networking

Makan Mohageg


Deep space quantum optics for fundamental physics



Closing Remarks



Lunch & Networking


Ernst M. Rasel

University of Hannover

Interferometry with Bose-Einstein condensates - on ground and in space


Lisa Wörner

University Bremen / DLR

Optical quantum technologies for space applications


Olivier Carraz


Quantum sensors development for ESA Earth Science Programme


Bettina Heim


Quantum technologies at OHB System

Lab Tours

Klaus Döringshoff

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Optical iodine frequency reference on a sounding rocket


Robert Jördens


Controlling tomorrow’s quantum machines: lessons from agile software development



Coffee Break


Coffee Break



Rainer Kaltenbaek

IQOQI Vienna

Towards a space platform for macroscopic tests of quantum physics

Thomas Laurent


Qualifying laser diodes for long-, mid-, and short-term space applications



Zhongkan Tang

National University of Singapore

Entangled photon source for space-based quantum key distribution


Thijs Wendrich

University of Hannover

Squeezing quantum optics into a CubeSat



Tristan Laurent

Open Cosmos

In-orbit demonstration opportunities for optical quantum technologies

Dennis Rätzel

University of Vienna

Optical resonators in curved spacetime


16:30 Networking & Poster Session Networking & Working Group Session  






18:00 End End  



Invited Speakers (confirmed)


Irene Selvanathan, German Orbital Systems GmbH

Merlin Barschke, MSc., Technische Universität Berlin

Dr. Raffaele Nolli, University of Birmingham

Dr. Lisa Wörner, Universität Bremen / DLR

Olivier Carraz, Ph.D., ESA

Dr. Rainer Kaltenbaek, IQOQI Vienna

Dr. Klaus Döringshoff, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Dr. Paul Griffin, University of Strathclyde

Dr. Ronald Holzwarth, Menlo Systems

Dr. Robert Jördens, Quartiq

Dr. Thomas Laurent, eagleyard Photonics

Zhongkan Tang, National University of Singapore

Tristan Laurent, Open Cosmos

Dr. Daniel Oi, University of Strathclyde

Prof. Dr. Ernst M. Rasel, University of Hannover

Hanjo Schäfer, STI

Dr. Winfried Halle, DLR Institute of Optical Sensor Systems

Dr. Bettina Heim, OHB

Prof. Dr. Harald Weinfurter, LMU München

Dr. Thijs Wendrich, University of Hannover

Dr. Andreas Wicht, FBH

Dr. Nan Yu, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Dr. Dennis Rätzel, University of Vienna

Tobias Vogl, Australian National University

Makan Mohageg, Ph.D., NASA JPL





The workshop is over, and registration is now closed.

Please contact the organizers for any questions: quantumkosmos(at)hu-berlin.de

Besides the invited talks, there will be the option to contribute your research in form of a poster throughout the workshop.

The workshop is free, but please note that travel costs can not be reimbursed and meals are not included. 


All registered participants should have received an email after the workshop (24.September 2018). If you did not receive this email, or you have any other question, please contact us on quantumkosmos(at)hu-berlin.de



Travel information

Find information on the location and plan your journey here:

Location and Directions




Dr. Aline Dinkelaker, Dr. Markus Krutzik

Contact: quantumkosmos(at)hu-berlin.de


This workshop is supported by the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin KOSMOS programme and part of a Profile Partnership Project with the National University of Singapore. The KOSMOS programme is funded by Future Concept resources of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin through
the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal Government and its Federal States.


Group webpage: https://www.physics.hu-berlin.de/en/qom


Additional sponsors and support