Quantum technology helps to cure cancer


Experts from all over the world meet this week at the renowned University of Berkeley in California from 29 to 31 January 2020. In the workshop "Advanced Imaging Methods" they discuss the latest technical possibilities of imaging using coupled light quanta.

Lasers are used to generate two coupled light quanta (so-called photons) with different wavelengths. A living cell is thus optically stimulated to produce a light quantum itself. This fluorescent light quantum must be detected synchronously in time by a specially developed superconducting single photon detector.

The CiS Forschungsinstitut in Erfurt develops and manufactures optical components for this type of quantum imaging. The generation and detection of single photons is a new field of research with very promising applications, says Prof. Thomas Ortlepp of CiS.

Prof. Melissa Skala from the Morgridge Institute for Research in Madison, USA, describes in her presentation how such detectors can be used in a microscope to differentiate between cancer-affected cells and healthy cells. On this basis, she is developing promising healing methods based on so-called T-cells at her institute.