In our lab we aim to probe quantum physics on a meso- and macroscopic level using mechanical oscillators coupled to an optical cavity field through radiation pressure. This is a relatively new research field, typically referred to as optomechanics. Over the past few years we have been able to experimentally demonstrate coherent quantum control of macroscopic degrees of freedom. If you want to find out more about this exciting field look at some of our recent publications, at this overview article or at a more detailed description of our research.
Our experiments involve techniques from quantum optics, finite element simulation, cryogenics, RF and high-vacuum technology. We fabricate the mechanical oscillators for our experiments in house at the Kavli Nanolab.
We are located at Delft University of Technology, home to Nobel Laureates Jacobus Henricus van ‘t Hoff and Simon van der Meer, amongst many other great scientists. We are part of the Department of Quantum Nanoscience, as well as the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience.
We are continuously looking for talented and passionate Master students, PhDs, as well as Postdocs. You can find more information here!
The state of Lower Austria has awarded the appreciation prize - its highest honor in science - to Simon. The prize was presented today by the Governor Johanna Mikl-Leitner (link in German).May 18, 2020
Our latest paper on creating a quantum memory using optomechanical resonators was published in Nature Physics today!April 23, 2020
Andreas has been awarded a highly-competitive Schmidt Fellowship. This will allow him to choose a Postdoc position in a completely new research field! Congratulations!February 20, 2020
Within 10 days of one another both Andreas (Cum Laude!) and Maarten graduated and received their PhDs. Both have done amazing work - congratulations!October 7, 2019
Moritz' and Rob's paper on wavelength conversion with a mechanical oscillator in its quantum groundstate has been published online in Nature Physics today! Congratulations to all involved!