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Exploiting light-matter interaction on the nanoscale leads to novel concepts for the required ubiquitous sensors for the current era of the Internet of Things.  

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Rob van der Heijden is Associate Professor in the group Photonics and Semiconductor Nanophysics at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His expertise is in Photonic Crystals made in the Opto-Electronic semiconductors GaAs and InP. These are used as functional components in Photonic Integrated Circuits for ultra-low volume sensors of diverse quantities such as temperature, refractive index, pressure, reflection spectra, displacements and more.

Rob is interested in application areas varying from the agri&food to semiconductor industries and all the way to consumer appliances. He has a background both in the advanced technology development of micro- and nanofabrication as well as in the theory and design of novel concepts for dedicated sensors. Furthermore, Rob works on hybrid technologies combining microscale semiconductor circuits with fiber-optic sensors.

Academic background

Rob van der Heijden obtained his MSc in Experimental Physics (with honors) from Radboud University in Nijmegen and later obtained his PhD on Terahertz spectroscopy of solids from the same university. After a post-doc at the Nijmegen High Field Magnet Laboratory, he joined the Department of Applied Physics at TU/e, where he worked in Cryogenic Techniques, Low Temperature Physics and Electronic Transport in Low-dimensional systems before he started his current affiliation with the Photonics and Semiconductor Nanophysics group as Associate Professor to work in the field of Nanophotonics.

Rob is also associated with the Institute for Photonic Integration. His work at the TU/e was only interrupted by a visiting professorship lasting several months at the University of Sydney.

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Research Output 1984 2019

  • 812 Citations
  • 59 Article
  • 36 Conference contribution
  • 2 Chapter
  • 2 Abstract

On-chip photocurrent displacement sensor based on a waveguide-coupled nanomechanical photonic crystal cavity

Galeotti, F., Vollenbroek, I. S., Petruzzella, M., Pagliano, F. M., van Otten, F. W. M., Zobenica, Ž., Marnani, H. S., Mohtashami, A., van der Heijden, R. W. & Fiore, A., 17 Oct 2019, 2019 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe and European Quantum Electronics Conference, CLEO/Europe-EQEC 2019. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 1 p. 8871530

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Photonic crystals
Photocurrents
photocurrents
Transducers
Waveguides
4 Citations (Scopus)
63 Downloads (Pure)

Anti-stiction coating for mechanically tunable photonic crystal devices

Petruzzella, M., Zobenica, Cotrufo, M., Zardetto, V., Mameli, A., Pagliano, F., Koelling, S., Van Otten, F. W. M., Roozeboom, F., Kessels, W. M. M., van der Heijden, R. W. & Fiore, A., 19 Feb 2018, In : Optics Express. 26, 4, p. 3882-3891 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
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stiction
photonics
coatings
atomic layer epitaxy
frequency modulation
2 Downloads (Pure)

Integrated optomechanical displacement sensor based on a photonic crystal cavity

Galeotti, F., Sersic-Vollenbroek, I., Petruzzella, M., Pagliano, F., Zobenica, Z., van Otten, F. W. M., Marnani, H. S., van der Heijden, R. & Fiore, A., 4 Sep 2018, International Conference on Optical MEMS and Nanophotonics, OMN 2018 - Proceedings. IEEE Computer Society, MO-3.4

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Electromechanical devices
Photonic crystals
Atomic force microscopy
Waveguides
Membranes
3 Citations (Scopus)
42 Downloads (Pure)

Electrically driven quantum light emission in electromechanically tuneable photonic crystal cavities

Petruzzella, M., Pagliano, F. M., Zobenica, Z., Birindelli, S., Cotrufo, M., Van Otten, F. W. M., Van Der Heijden, R. W. & Fiore, A., 18 Dec 2017, In : Applied Physics Letters. 111, 25, 7 p., 251101.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
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light emission
photonics
cavities
crystals
chips
14 Citations (Scopus)
100 Downloads (Pure)

Integrated nano-opto-electro-mechanical sensor for spectrometry and nanometrology

Zobenica, Ž., van der Heijden, R. W., Petruzzella, M., Pagliano, F., Leijssen, R., Xia, T., Midolo, L., Cotrufo, M., Cho, Y. J., Van Otten, F. W. M., Verhagen, E. & Fiore, A., 1 Dec 2017, In : Nature Communications. 8, 1, p. 1-8 8 p., 2216.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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Photocurrents
Spectrometry
Spectrum Analysis
Gas absorption
Nanophotonics

Student theses

AC-microcalorimeter gebaseerd op een siliciumchip

Author: Janse, F., 31 Aug 1994

Supervisor: de Waele, A. (Supervisor 1), de Vries, W. (External person) (Supervisor 2) & van der Heijden, R. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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AC-microcalorimetrie tussen 1.5 en 30 K.

Author: Dankers, H., 31 Aug 1993

Supervisor: de Waele, A. (Supervisor 1), van der Heijden, R. (Supervisor 2) & de Vries, W. (External person) (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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Cavity optomechanics in vertically-coupled photonic crystal nanobeams and membranes

Author: Westendorp, S., 31 Aug 2014

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

Student thesis: Master

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Design of 1D photonic crystal mirrors

Author: van Rijn, M., 30 Apr 2016

Supervisor: Smit, M. (Supervisor 1) & van der Heijden, R. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Edge magnetoplasma resonances in a two dimensional electron gas on liquid helium

Author: Vorstenbosch, H. F., 31 Oct 1993

Supervisor: Sommerfeld, P. (External person) (Supervisor 1) & van der Heijden, R. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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