Optical Sciences

Biomolecules and nanostructures

The Optical Sciences group studies the interaction of light and matter at the nanoscale. We do this by exploring ways to shape light and its environment. It's what we call active and passive control. Our current focus is on the interaction of light with biomolecules and nanostructures. We are part of Twente University's Department of Science and Technology and member of the MESA+ institute.
We participate in the EU-COST actions MP1102: Coherent Raman microscopy (MicroCor) and CM1202: Supramolecular photocatalytic water splitting (PERSPECT-H2O)


Tracking femtosecond laser pulses in space and time

Balistreri MLM, Gersen H, Korterik JP, Kuipers L, van Hulst NF
vol 294 issue 5544: p1080-p1082 NOV 2 2001
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We show that the propagation of a femtosecond laser pulse inside a photonic structure can be directly visualized and tracked as it propagates using a time-resolved photon scanning tunneling microscope. From the time-dependent and phase- sensitive measurements, both the group velocity and the phase velocity are unambiguously and simultaneously determined. It is expected that this technique wilt find applications in the investigation of the local dynamic behavior of photonic crystals and integrated optical circuits.
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