New PhD student: Onima Bisht


Onima Bisht has recently joined the Kuipers Lab. She has completed both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Physics from Delhi University, India after which she pursued another masters, specializing in Applied Optics from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India. In her first project she studied the temperature dependent structural properties of metal-oxide nanoparticles. During her master’s studies, she fabricated plasmonic nanoparticle arrays, characterized their optical properties using Raman spectroscopy for biosensing applications. At the Kuipers Lab, her research focuses on 2D materials and studying their optical properties, with a keen enthusiasm to expand her knowledge and creative insights in this field. She eagerly anticipates collaborating with colleagues at the Department of Quantum Nanoscience, and contributing to research in Nano-optics.

New PhD student: Daniël Muis


My name is Daniël and I recently started my PhD at the Kuipers Lab. I completed both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at the Radboud University of Nijmegen. During my master project I worked at the group of Ultrafast Spectroscopy of Correlated Matter (USCM) where I studied the dynamic non-collinear magnetization states in a Gd/FeCo multilayer. In the next four years I hope to expand my knowledge in the field of nano-optics and to broaden my academic skills. Specifically I will focus on topological protected edge states in an artificial photonic crystal. I look forward to work with my new colleagues and all the other members of the department of Quantum Nanoscience.

New master student: Corné Wiggers




I am Corné and I am doing my master project in Kuipers Lab under supervision of Thijs. I did my bachelor in theoretical physics in Utrecht and after that I enrolled myself for the master program Applied Physics at the TU-Delft. During the master project I will investigate the electromagnetic fields in chiral photonic crystal waveguides. These waveguides differ from regular photonic crystal waveguides by their broken symmetries. The research goal is to optimize the chiral fields around the slab using simulations. After this the waveguides are fabricated and measured using a near-field microscope.

New master student: Margriet van Riggelen



Hi! My name is Margriet and I am doing a short master project in Kuipers Lab. Before, I worked on the nitrogen-vacancy center in diamond as a platform for quantum computing in Taminiau Lab. For the next six weeks I will measure on valley-Hall photonic crystals under the supervision of Sonakshi. We will investigate the relation between the pseudospin of topological states and the polarization of their far field radiation. I am really excited to work with the intricate near-field microscope to do some interesting experimental physics. In my free time, I love cooking for groups of people and walking in nature.

New master student: Di Yu



Di Yu got his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics in China. During his bachelor, Di worked on quantum optics and hybrid quantum systems. He will be doing his master thesis project investigating topological edge states at nanoscale with near-field optics.

New group member Sonakshi Arora


Sonakshi Arora recently joined the Kuipers Lab for her PhD at TU Delft. She completed her Master’s degree at Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany. During her master project she worked on the excitonic properties of two-dimensional semiconductors to probe out-of-plane defect-bound states at low temperatures. For her PhD, she has chosen to delve into the field of nano-optics and hopes to strengthen her experimental skills to create new interesting materials to manipulate light with. She is excited to work on topological photonic crystals using near-field microscopy and possibly mix them up with 2D materials.

Succesful defense Lorenzo De Angelis


On December 20th 2018, Lorenzo De Angelis has defended his PhD thesis The Singular Optics of Random Light with success.

Congratulations with your promotion Dr. De Angelis, and good luck with your post-doc on neuroscience in Amsterdam!


New group member Marc Noordam


We are happy to announce that Marc Noordam recently joined the Kuipers Lab and will be working on a new laser setup to perform far field measurements on 2D nanostructures. Marc graduated this summer from the master Applied Physics at the TU Delft. He performed his master thesis at Qutech about the readout of electron spin states confined in a 2DEG. Now he is looking forward to start discovering the field of NanoOptics.

New group member Javier Hernandez-Rueda


Javier Hernandez-Rueda has just joined Kuiper’s group within the Quantum Nanoscience department as a Postdoctoral researcher. He carried out his PhD at the Optics Institute in Madrid within the GPL and worked as a postdoc scholar at the University of California Davis in Denise Krol’s group, both dedicated to study the ultrafast dynamics of the interaction of fs-laser pulses with dielectrics and its impact on laser materials processing. Afterwards, he was awarded a Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship to study the transient scattering properties of levitating gold nanoparticles upon irradiation with ultrashort laser pulses. This research was conducted at Dries van Oosten’s group at the Universiteit Utrecht. Currently, he aims to study the nonlinear optical response of nanostructured materials by using a four wave mixing layout.

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.