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

    Anisotropic infrared light emission from quasi-1D layered TiS3

    Khatibi, A., Godiksen, R., Basuvalingam, S., Pellegrino, D., Bol, A., Shokri, B. & Curto, A. G., 1 Jan 2020, In : 2D Materials. 7, 1, 8 p., 015022.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
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    Controlling and sensing light on a chip using nanophotonics

    Liu, T., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 164 p.

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

    Open Access

    Controlling spontaneous and stimulated emission in coupled optical cavities

    Pellegrino, D., 11 Feb 2020, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 165 p.

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

    Open Access


    APL Photonics Future Luminary Award

    Maurangelo Petruzzella (Recipient), 2019

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

    Best PhD thesis on Physics in the Netherlands of 2015

    Jaime Gómez Rivas (Recipient), 21 Jan 2016

    Prize: 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

    Prize: ERCProof of conceptScientific


    • 4 Consultancy
    • 1 Conference
    • 1 Editorial activity

    Organizer of SCOM 2018

    Jaime Gómez Rivas (Consultant)
    16 Apr 201818 Apr 2018

    Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancyScientific

    ERC quality assessment of funded research 2018 - Evaluation panel member

    Jaime Gómez Rivas (Consultant)

    Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancyScientific

    ERC consolidator grants 2017- Evaluation panel member

    Jaime Gómez Rivas (Consultant)

    Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancyScientific

    Student theses

    (In,Ga)N heterostructures in self-assembled GaN nanowires grown on TiN by molecular beam epitaxy

    Author: Goertz, J. J., 2016

    Supervisor: Koenraad, P. M. (Supervisor 1), Geelhaar, L. (External person) (External coach), Bakkers, E. P. (Supervisor 2), Nijdam, S. (Supervisor 2) & Zijlstra, P. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    A nanomechanical double-membrane photonic crystal sensor on a fiber tip

    Author: Hakkel, K. D., 2017

    Supervisor: Fiore, A. (Supervisor 1), van der Heijden, R. W. (Supervisor 2) & Zobenica, Ž. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    Biasing effects and light amplification in a photonic crystal nanostructure

    Author: Heijnen, L. M., 2019

    Supervisor: Galeotti, F. (Supervisor 1)

    Student thesis: Bachelor