Photonics and Semiconductor Nanophysics

  • Groene Loper 19, Flux building, room 2.108

    5612 AZ Eindhoven


  • P.O. Box 513, Department of Applied Physics

    5600 MB Eindhoven


Organization profile

Introduction / mission

We explore the novel physics and applications emerging from the interaction of light with nanoscale matter.

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Mastering light at the nanoscale

Organisational profile

The emission and absorption of light is the physical basis of lasers, LEDs, solar cells and photodetectors, which have become crucial parts of our daily life. By controlling these processes at a subwavelength scale, we can significantly improve the performance of these photonic devices and develop completely new ones. The Photonics and Semiconductor Nanophysics group investigates the physics of (nano-)photonic structures and materials in five distinct but related research lines, mostly centered around semiconductors, for applications ranging from optical communications to sensing and energy conversion.

Some of the hot topics we are working on:

  • New states of light and matter. We study quantum light emitters coupled to nanophotonic structures. Light-matter coupling can lead to radically new ways of controlling intrinsic material properties. Controlling this coupling leads to fascinating new physics, such as quantum light states and unconventional transport properties. 
  • Exquisite sensing with light. Light provides rich spectral information about the material that interacted with it. A novel generation of sensors and instruments exploiting (nano-)photonic concepts may enable unprecedented resolution and accuracy in applications ranging from material analysis to food security and gas sensing.
  • Matter, atom by atom. New, optically active, semiconductor materials and devices often need precise control of matter down to the atomic scale. To understand the growth processes at this scale and to relate the functionality of the material to the atomic details, we visualize and analyze materials literally atom by atom. New physical effects that occur at this length scale can be highly surprising. 

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Research Output 1979 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

Bottom-up grown 2D InSb nanostructures

Gazibegovic, S., Badawy, G., Buckers, T. L. J., Leubner, P., Shen, J., de Vries, F. K., Koelling, S., Kouwenhoven, L. P., Verheijen, M. A. & Bakkers, E. P. A. M., Feb 2019, In : Advanced Materials. 31, 14, 8 p., 1808181

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Electron gas
Carrier mobility

Chiral flow of light in photonic crystals with broken symmetries

Parappurath, N., 3 Jul 2019, (Accepted/In press) Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 145 p.

Research output: ThesisPhd Thesis 2 (Research NOT TU/e / Graduation TU/e)Academic

Coherent light-matter interaction in arrays of plasmonic structures

Ramezani, M., 24 Apr 2019, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 125 p.

Research output: ThesisPhd Thesis 1 (Research TU/e / Graduation TU/e)Academic


Best PhD thesis on Physics in the Netherlands of 2015

Jaime Gómez Rivas (Recipient), 21 Jan 2016

Recognition: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific


ERC Proof of Concept Grant : Edit Jaime Gómez Rivas

Jaime Gómez Rivas (Recipient), 1 Sep 2015

Recognition: ERCProof of conceptScientific

ERC Starting Grant : Jaime Gómez Rivas

Jaime Gómez Rivas (Recipient), 2009

Recognition: ERCStartingScientific

Activities 2015 2018

  • 4 Consultancy
  • 1 Conference
  • 1 Editorial activity

ERC quality assessment of funded research 2018 - Evaluation panel member

Jaime Gómez Rivas (Consultant)

Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancyScientific

Organizer of SCOM 2018

Jaime Gómez Rivas (Consultant)
16 Apr 201818 Apr 2018

Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancyScientific

ERC consolidator grants 2017- Evaluation panel member

Jaime Gómez Rivas (Consultant)

Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancyScientific

Press / Media

Novel low-energy nanolaser shines in all directions

Mohammad Ramezani


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

New type of low-energy nanolaser that shines in all directions

Mohammad Ramezani


2 items of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Micro-spectrometer opens door to a wealth of new smartphone functions

Andrea Fiore


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment