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Project Quantum Hub Thüringen

For quantum technology from Thüringen, Germany, IMMS is researching CMOS-based single-photon detectors.

Quantum technology is considered to be a key technology of the future. It enables the development of highly efficient technology that can far surpass the performance of conventional systems. By controlling individual quanta, i.e. the smallest light and energy components, disruptive applications are made possible, for example in the field of data processing (quantum computers), communications (tap-proof communications) and metrology (quantum imaging, quantum sensor technology).

IMMS is researching the use of single photon detectors (SPAD), which are manufactured in a standard semiconductor technology (CMOS). They are used to convert single photons into electrical signals and allow operation at room temperature without large and complex cooling systems. Statistical evaluation is required to interpret the sensor signals, which is performed by a programmable logic device (FPGA). In addition, the integration of such an optical sensor element in conjunction with the necessary evaluation electronics in a microchip is also being targeted.

Acronym / Name:

Quantum Hub Thüringen / Research and implementation strategy on quantum technology from Thüringen

Duration:2021 – 2023


|Potentially applicable in areas such as life sciences (sensor systems for in-vitro diagnostics) and environmental monitoring| initially primarily in research institutions.

Research field:Smart distributed measurement and test systems



Dipl.-Ing. Michael Meister

Head of Industrial Electronics and Measurement Engineering

michael.meister(at) (0) 3677 874 93 20

Michael Meister is your contact for testing services, the development of test methodologies, and long-term measurements. He answers your questions on Modular and mobile test systems that we develop in our research in Smart distributed measurement and test systems as well as about testing and characterisation of integrated sensor systems. He is responsible for the test equipment at IMMS and will support you in the validation of ASIC and MEMS developments.


The Quantum Hub Thüringen research project is funded by the German Land of Thüringen via the Thüringer Aufbaubank under the reference 2021 FGI 0042.

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Core topic

Modular and mobile test systems

Test capabilities are an integral part of all application developments. We research modular test systems that can be adapted flexibly and quickly to new challenges through optimised functional test units.

Research field

Smart distributed measurement and test systems

Integrated sensor ICs are the heart of sensor and measurement systems like wireless sensors, stationary or handheld devices. We are researching solutions for ever more powerful sensors with more intrinsic intelligence and task allocation in the network.