Optics Research Group

The Optics Research Group of Delft University of Technology carries out  research to achieve disruptive improvements in resolution and sensitivity for a plethora of applications, and provides high level education and supervision of students and trainings for industry. The Group is active in outreach, is co-leader of the Dutch Optics Centre and is/hs been in the Boards of international and national optical societies such as ICO, EOS and PhotonicsNL.

The Optics Research Group performs research in:

  • high resolution imaging and sensing,
  • highly sensitive optical metrology,
  • new optical sources and detectors, in a wide wavelength range from x-rays to THz and with high application potential.

Scientific and technical breakthroughs are achieved by using and developing:

  • opto-electronic devices to actively and adaptively shape and steer electromagnetic fields,
  • new optical materials and resonant structures (e.g. hyperbolic media, graded index materials),
  • computational optics and artificial intelligence to extract optimum information from measured data.

The Optics Group is co-leader of the Dutch Optics Centre (DOC). DOC is an initiative of TU Delft and TNO with the aim to support Dutch optics industry by defining R&D projects with industrial partners, stimulate valorisation of optics research results and give training and eduction for workers from industry.

Projects.

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ADOPSYS - Saddle point method for designing optical systems

We evaluate the effectiveness of saddle point method for the design of optical systems. ...

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ADOPSYS - Saddle point method for designing optical systems

Application of hyperbolic meta-materials

What is the ideal optical material for imaging? ...

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Application of hyperbolic meta-materials

Characterization of nanostructures using optical far field techniques

Determination of side wall angle of nanostructures ...

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Characterization of nanostructures using optical far field techniques

Electromagnetic modelling of the optical properties of Spatial Light Modulators

Optical study and application of spatial light modulator (SLM) ...

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Electromagnetic modelling of the optical properties of Spatial Light Modulators

Fast 3D imaging of defects in semiconductor devices

During the manufacture of semiconductor devices such as Mosfetts it is essential to inspect the device for cracks and other damage. It is required to obtain 3D images at NIR wavelength for ...

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Fast 3D imaging of defects in semiconductor devices

Research fields.

Take a look at all our Research fields.

Imaging

Through an optical system an image can be formed. But how to improve its resolution? Is there a limit? Can we reduce the number of optical elements with the same results? Can we even obtain an image without any lens?

Research field

Imaging

NanoTech & Light wave control

One can easily change the light path with a mirror, but there is more than direction in the light: phase, polarisation, amplitude. All these parameters can now  be mastered to obtain stronger focus in microscopy, controlled enhanced fields for

Research field

NanoTech & Light wave control

Sensing & Metrology

How to sense and measure what is too small to be directly measured with light. We develop novel techniques and instruments to perform better and smarter sensing and more accurate measurements. Sensitive detector based on superconductor, smart optical design, artificial

Research field

Sensing & Metrology

Societal challenges.

Take a look at all our Societal challenges.

Smart Industry.

We conduct research for Smart Industry. Our goal is to create new smart solutions. This creates new opportunities in the value chain area. Lead times can be shortened and work can be done more efficiently.

Societal challenge

Smart Industry.

Measure and detect.

We develop sensing technology that will enable quick and extremely cost effective remote condition and fault monitoring of key assets in all kind of technical use.

Societal challenge

Measure and detect.

Energy.

Our activities in the field of Energy is focused on research of energy that are alternative, renewable and reusable. Energy conservation and efficiency measures reduce the demand for energy development, and can have benefits to society with improvements to environmental issues.

Societal challenge

Energy.

Environment.

Environment is everything that is around us. We value it. In our various projects we are always in search for environmentally friendly solutions.

Societal challenge

Environment.