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)


Quantum Photonics in Random cavities

  • Amandev Singh - Former member
  • Simon Huisman - Former member

  • This is a project of the Mesa+ Strategic Research Orientation Applied NanoPhotonics which is lead by Dr. Pepijn Pinkse.

    "We want to apply near-field scanning optical microscopy (NSOM) techniques to study light emission of quantum dots interacting with random cavities"" in photonic-crystal slab waveguides. In the waveguides, made by a team from the Danish Technical University (DTU), light scatters randomly from structural disorder stopping its propagation by interference, a phenomenon called Anderson localization. Mapping out the quantum dots and the localized light with the ultimate resolution of an NSOM allows us to extract a wealth of novel data such as the distribution of localization lengths of the modes and their spatial and spectral distribution. Since the light-emitting properties of the quantum dots are best at low temperatures, cryogenic experiments are planned."


    The following articles have been published regarding this project:

    Programmable multiport optical circuits in opaque scattering materials

    (abstract) (full pdf)
    Simon R. Huisman, Thomas J. Huisman, Tom A. W. Wolterink, Allard P. Mosk, and Pepijn W. H. Pinkse
    Optics Express
    Vol. 23 Issue 3 p. 3102–3116 Feb. 9, 2015

    Programming balanced optical beam splitters in white paint

    (abstract) (full pdf)
    Simon R. Huisman, Thomas J. Huisman, Sebastianus A. Goorden, Allard P. Mosk, and Pepijn W. H. Pinkse
    Optics Express
    vol. 22 issue 7 p. 8320-8332 april 1, 2014

    Measurement of a band-edge tail in the density of states of a photonic-crystal waveguide

    (abstract) (full pdf)
    S.R. Huisman, G. Ctistis, S. Stobbe, A.P. Mosk, J.L. Herek, A. Lagendijk, P. Lodahl, W.L. Vos, and P.W.H. Pinkse
    Physical Review B
    vol. 86, issue 15, oct 26, 2012

    Extraction of optical Bloch modes in a photonic-crystal waveguide

    (abstract) (full pdf)
    S. R. Huisman, G. Ctistis, S. Stobbe, J. L. Herek, P. Lodahl, W. L. Vos, and P. W. H. Pinkse
    Journal of Applied Physics
    vol 111 p033108 february 13, 2012

    Controlling the quality factor of a tuning-fork resonance between 9 and 300 K for scanning-probe microscopy

    (abstract) (full pdf)
    G. Ctistis, E.H. Frater, S.R. Huisman, J.P. Korterik, J.L. Herek, W.L. Vos and P.W.H. Pinkse
    Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics
    vol 44 issue 37 p375502 sept 21, 2011
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