Academic beneficiaries

Prof. Dr. Carsten Rockstuhl

Institut für Theoretische Festkörperphysik

Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (Universität)
Wolfgang-Gaede-Str. 1
D-76128 Karlsruhe

In the theoretical photonics group we explore the possibility to control the properties of light by means of micro- and nanostructured materials. We apply this opportunity to enable applications previously inaccessible or to significantly enhance already existing applications. In our work we rely on a large variety of different numerical and theoretical tools and on the close interaction to a large variety of experimental and theoretical groups that work in the same scientific area. In our group we focus on the following subjects:

Plasmonics, Optical nanoantennas, Metamaterials, Photon management in solar cells, Nonlinear Optics, Quantum Optics

Dr. Frank Setzpfandt 

Prof. Dr. Thomas Pertsch

Institute of Applied Physics

Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena
Albert-Einstein-Strasse 15
07745 Jena

The Nano Optics group at the Institute of Applied Physics targets to explore and understand the properties of nanoscale matter and objects and their interaction with light. Some of the most recent research highlights are:

Nonlinear coupling in optical waveguide arrays
Superfocusing of radially polarized conical surface plasmon polaritons
Enhanced second-harmonic generation from gold nanorings filled with lithium niobate
All-dielectric Huygens’ nanosurfaces
Realization of lithium niobate nanowaveguides
Nonclassical biphoton generation via quantum walks in a nonlinear waveguide array
Order-disorder-transitions in photonic metasurfaces
Vortex Light Bullets – Self-trapped Light with a Twist
Cavity Optical Pulse Extraction – Building Lasers with Hawking Radiation
Nanowires shine bright
Giant optical activity of loop-wire metamaterials
The observation of the light bullet

Prof. Dr H.P. Urbach

Optics Group

Dept. of Imaging Physics
Faculty of Applied Sciences
Delft University of Technology

Van der Waalsweg 8
2628CH Delft
The Netherlands

The Optics Research Group (Optica in Dutch) is specialized in electromagnetic wave theory and imaging techniques operating in both near and far-field region and has one of the longest histories of research in Delft.
Ranging from Extreme UV wavelengths to the Terahertz frequency band, we cover a large range of research topics that have applications in many advanced technologies.
Our Research facilities include various experimental set-ups (clean room) and parallel computing capabilities via a linux server. In addition, the group has access to many commercial software packages and has develloped over the years a large variety of home-made software tools tackling specific research simulation problems.

The Optics Research Groups has a strong international network in optics and is strongly involved in:

SMETHODS: Fp7 Support Action on Training in Optical Design for European SME’s (together with Institut d’Optique Paris, University of Jena, Free University Brussels, University of Eastern Finland, ITMO Univerity St. Petersburg and Polytechnical University of Madrid. Optics group of TUDelft is coordinator).
European Optical Society (EOS), our professor, Paul Urbach is a forner president of the Society.

Dr. Toralf Scharf


Prof. Dr. Olivier Martin

Nanophotonics and Metrology Laboratory


Station 11
CH-1015 Lausanne


The Nanophotonics and Metrology Laboratory (NAM) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne(EPFL). The main focus of our research is nanophotonics: the study of the interaction of light with structures smaller than the wavelength, with special emphasis on plasmonics: the optics of metallic nanostructures. We pursue a very comprehensive research that includes modelling, nanofabrication and optical characterization. Applications of our work include the development of novel biosensing techniques, nonlinear plasmonics, optical metamaterials, as well as the fundamental properties of plasmonic nanostructures.

Prof. Dr. Hans Peter Herzig

Optics and Photonics Technology Laboratory

MC A3 302 (Microcity) 
Rue de la Maladière 71b, CP 526 
CH-2002 Neuchâtel 2


The Optics & Photonics Technology Lab (OPT Lab) has longstanding activities in micro-optics. Micro-fabrication technologies like photolithography, resist processing, and reactive ion etching are used to manufacture refractive and diffractive micro-optical elements, birefringent optics (liquid crystal devices), as well as nano-scale optics (subwavelength structures, photonic crystals, near field microscopy).

Building on a number of past and present research projects concerning optical and photonic nanostructures, the OPT Lab has developed a number of capabilities spanning the design, fabrication, and characterization of nanostructured optical and photonic devices. Collectively, these capabilities permit the investigation of a wide range of nanoscale optical effects, which facilitates both an improved understanding of optical phenomena on the nanoscale as well as an accelerated approach to producing optical and photonic devices for practical applications.

Industrial beneficiaries


Miniature opto-electronic sensing modules

Heptagon Oy
Espoo (SF)
Zweigniederlassung Rüschlikon/Zürich
Moosstrasse 2
8803 Rüschlikon

SUSS MicroOptics

Fabrication, Simulation of micro-optical elements for industrial applications

Rouges-Terres 61
CH 2068 Hauterive

HOLOEYE Photonics AG

Diffractive Micro-optics, LC-based micro-displays (spatial light modulators)

Albert-Einstein-Str. 14
12489 Berlin-Adlershof

Carl Zeiss AG

Optical design and simulation, System engineering and integration

Corporate Research and Technology
Carl-Zeiss-Promenade 10
07745 Jena


Photo-Lithography & Wafer Metrology

De Run 6501
5504 DR, Veldhoven
The Netherlands


System engineering / metrology systems

Research Institute
Stieltjesweg 1
2628 CK Delft

JCM Wave

Numerical methods for nano- and micro-optics design and nanometrology

Bolivarallee 22
14050 Berlin


Machine vision and advanced optics for automatic identification    

Via San Vitalino, 13
40012 Lippo di Calderara di Reno


Silicon heterojunction solar cell, thin film, PV modules    

Rouges-Terres 61
2068 Hauterive