FBH news: January 2020

NASA honors Markus Krutzik

At the end of last year, the Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL) team at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), USA, received the "NASA Group Achievement Award". This award also honors the achievements of Dr. Markus Krutzik as a postdoctoral researcher at JPL. The CAL team developed an instrument that was successfully used to generate ultra-cold atoms on the International Space Station (ISS). Cold atoms can be used in space in the future, for example to enable highly accurate and drift-free measurements of inertial forces for navigation. They are also suitable for studies of fundamental physics, for example to test Einstein's equivalence principle. After returning to Berlin, Markus Krutzik continued to support the CAL instrument development as a technical consultant. NASA's prestigious award is presented, among other things, for outstanding group achievements that have contributed significantly to the successful mission of the Space Agency.

Markus Krutzik has been in charge of the Joint Lab Integrated Quantum Sensors of the Ferdinand-Braun-Institut (FBH) and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin since January 2019. At FBH, Markus Krutzik's work focuses on the development of compact and atom-based instruments for the high-precision measurements of physical quantities and fields. Together with his colleague Andreas Wicht, he develops robust electro-optical components in FBH's new research area Integrated Quantum Technology and investigates systems integration and the application of corresponding sensors outside protected laboratory environments.