In July, Claus Braxmaier became Professor of Space Technology at ZARM in the Department of Production Engineering at the University of Bremen in cooperation with the DLR Institute for Space Systems. At ZARM, he heads the "Key Technologies for Space" department and at the DLR Institute, the "System Enabling Technologies" department.
Born in southern Germany, he studied precision engineering at the University of Furtwangen and then physics at the University of Konstanz. The topic of his PhD thesis with Jürgen Mlynek on "Fundamental Tests of Physics using Ultrastable Optical Oscillators" accompanies him today. Whereas in the past terrestrial tests of relativity in the laboratory were based on length and clock comparisons, today it is space-bound experiments that verify Einstein's theory of relativity with ever-higher accuracies. After completing his doctorate, he worked for five years on the program at Astrium, Friedrichshafen in the field of scientific missions for gravitational wave research. In 2005 he was appointed professor at the University of Konstanz. In parallel, he set up the "Lab for Enabling Technologies" in cooperation with Astrium Friedrichshafen to develop missing key technologies for new scientific missions.
His current activities focus on the space-compatible development of high-precision laser measurement technology, frequency references and inertial sensors, as well as investigations on structural materials, assembly and connection technologies for optics and μN engines. The aim is to develop payloads for scientific missions in cooperation with the ZARM group around Claus Lämmerzahl. An important step in this development are preliminary experiments in the drop tower.