TRUMPF Photonic Components enters the QYRO project, funded by the Federal Government of Germany // Compact and robust VCSELs as light source for quantum sensors // TRUMPF develops VCSEL with ten times more laser power // The first satellite controlled by quantum technology is scheduled to be launched into space in 2027
Ulm, August 29, 2022 – TRUMPF Photonic Components, a global leader in VCSEL and photodiode solutions, develops a high-power, single-mode VCSEL to be implemented in an altitude gyroscope sensor suitable for use in space. In few years the satellite with the quantum-based gyroscope should fly into space to generate highly precise attitude determination. The core component of the sensor will be a VCSEL light source. As miniaturization and robustness are essential for the application, the very small and durable VCSELs are perfectly suited for the job. Compared to existing laser solutions, VCSELs can be supplied several orders of magnitude smaller and at significantly lower cost. The newly developed single-mode VCSEL will come with stable polarization and a very narrow bandwidth to address the high precision needed in the quantum sensor. “It’s great to be part of the subsidy project, and to combine various fields of expertise, push for innovations and strengthen Germany as photonics hub”, says Berthold Schmidt, CEO at TRUMPF Photonic Components. The sensors enable the satellites to be aligned with each other with high precision and thus enable a high-speed connection for data communication. “We can’t wait to see our VCSEL integrated into a mini satellite, to support worldwide high-quality data communication and to improve the availability of internet connections especially in remote regions”, Schmidt adds.