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)



  • MSc project on: Dielectric parameters of water-salt solutions

  • MSc project on: Focusing long-wavelength fields

  • date: Jan 26, 2017


    Standard diffraction theory says that fields can only be focused down to a focus-size comparable to the free-space wavelength of the field. However that theory is based on a number of approximations. Since the Maxwell equations can be inverted in time it is clear that fields can be focused back to the size of an emitter which can be far sub-wavelength. In this project we will design an antenna that inverts the dipole radiation pattern to generate a field that focuses to a spot (sub-mm) that is much smaller than the wavelength (several meters).


    for more information you can contact Herman Offerhaus (CR4.607, h.l.offerhaus@utwente.nl).

  • BSc project: building an OCT-based setup for 3D structural imaging

  • Apart from the listed projects, we invite students to suggest projects of their own.
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