New group member Martin Caldarola


Martin Caldarola just started as a Kavli postdoctoral fellow at the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience Delft. He holds a PhD from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina and he has been postdoctoral researcher at Leiden University at Michel Orrit’s group, where he worked on single-molecule fluorescence enhancement using individual gold nanorods. At TU Delft he will be working on a collaborative project between our group at the Quantum Nanoscience department and Prof. Marie-Eve Aubin-Tam’s group at the Bionanoscience department. The project aims combine state-of-the-art nanophotonic structures and tailored light fields to develop a new label-free single-molecule optical method. Martin is looking forward to contributing with his experience in single-molecule detection to the exciting ongoing research projects in both groups.

Schematic of a two-photon-excited fluorescence enhancement experiment on an individual semiconductor quantum dot. We experimentally achieved an enhancement factor of 10,000 for a single emitter using an individual quantum dot. Reference: Zhang et. al. ACS Photonics 2018.


New BEP Students @ NanoOptics Lab


We welcome two new BSc students who are going to conduct their BEP project in our group!

Queryn will have a look at how to experimentally characterize our near-field microscope probes better and Thomas will investigate the formation of chaotic patterns and eventually look at optical singularities in random cavities.

All the best to the two of you!

New group member Thijs van Gogh


Thijs van Gogh recently started as PhD in the Kuipers Lab here in the Department of Quantum Nanoscience at the TU Delft. He previously did a master in theoretical physics at Utrecht University. In his master project he investigated the influence of magnetic fields on both the bulk and surface energy states of a Weyl semimetal. For his PhD he has chosen to pursue a more experimental approach to research. He is looking forward to learning all about nano-optics and developing his experimental research skills and being able to apply his theoretical skills in order to further our understanding of optical rogue waves.


New group member Irina Komen


Irina Komen recently started a PhD position in the Kuipers Lab here in the Department of Quantum Nanoscience at the TU Delft. She did her Master projects at the Leiden University. In a first project, she was working in the Quantum Optics group on Superconducting Nanowire Single Photon Detectors, varying either the magnetic field or the polarization of the incoming light. In a second project in the Single Photon Detection group, she combined both photothermal imaging of gold nanorods and molecule fluorescence enhancement with optical tweezers. She is looking forward to explore the world of near-field microscopy and nano optics and develop herself scientifically in the exciting research environment of TU Delft.

New group member Aron Opheij


Aron Opheij recently joined the Kuipers Lab in the Quantum Nanoscience department at TU Delft. He has previously worked in the group as PhD student before it moved from Amolf to Delft. Aron will support the group as a technician, applying the experience he acquired while working in the lab with lasers, optical setups and programming.


New group member Thomas Bauer


Thomas Bauer recently started a Postdoc position in the Kuipers Lab here in the Department of Quantum Nanoscience at the TU Delft. In before, he was working on his PhD at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen, Germany on the experimental reconstruction of tightly focused vectorial light fields, specifically concerning their polarization structure and containing sub-wavelength phenomena. He hopes to be able to take some of the background from there to the area of near-field microscopy in Delft, and is looking forward to the hopefully versatile interaction with all the exciting broad research topics dealt with here in the Department.

Successful defense Anouk de Hoogh


On December 12th Anouk de Hoogh successfully defended her PhD thesis Optical singularities and nonlinear effects on plasmonic nanostructures at the Delft University of Technology.

Congratulations Dr. de Hoogh!

Kobus Kuipers goes to TU Delft


Professor Kobus Kuipers will leave AMOLF to become head of the Quantum Nanoscience department at the TU Delft. He will move to Delft in the summer of 2016.

Kuipers began his career in 1988 as a Masters student in the group of Ad Lagendijk at AMOLF. From 1990 to 1994 he did his PhD research in the group of Joost Frenken. From 1994 to 1997 he was a post-doc, and later lecturer in Cambridge and Birmingham, and in 1997 he moved to Twente University to become assistant professor and, in 2000, associate professor and program director at the MESA+ instititute. In 2003 he returned to AMOLF to start the NanoOptics research group. In 2006 he became head of the Nanophotonics department and member of the management team of AMOLF. In 2003 he received an NWO VICI grant and from 2005 to 2010 he was a member of ‘The Young Academy’ of the KNAW. In 2013 Kuipers received an ERC Advanced Grant, and in 2015 he chaired the Dutch organizing committee of the International Year of Light 2015. Kuipers holds part-time chairs at Twente University and at Utrecht University.

Kobus Kuipers is one of the pioneers in the field of nanophotonics. He is internationally recognized for developing techniques that probe the electric and magnetic field of light on the nanometer length scale and the femtosecond time scale. With these techniques he obtained novel insights in the fundamental properties of light in nanostructures.

Kuipers has strongly contributed to the development of the nanophotonics research field in the Netherlands. Together with Albert Polman, he founded the Center for Nanophotonics at AMOLF, and made it a leading center for nanophotonics research.