Department of Applied Physics

Coherence and Quantum Technology

Our central theme is dilute matter at high phase space density. Our goal is exploiting quantum coherence. Our work is both theoretical and experimental, our tools include high power lasers and compact particle accelerators, our objectives are fundamental as well as applied.

The Coherence and Quantum Technology group exploits its unique combination of cold atom, plasma and beam physics to achieve new understanding and novel applications

The research of the Coherence and Quantum Technology group focuses on collective effects in dilute, strongly interacting systems of high phase-space density: ultra-cold atoms, quantum gases and plasmas, and high-brightness electron, ion and atom beams. These strongly interacting systems have an extremely large variety in energy and length scales, ranging from high-Tc superconductors to the dense interiors of neutron stars. Understanding them is at the frontier of modern quantum physics.


September 23, 2019

State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy Mona Keijzer announces the 3 winning National Icons in television program De Wereld Draait Door. Smart*Light receives honorable mention of the jury. Watch here (in Dutch)

July 9, 2019

Opening of the National Icons exhibition with nominated Smart*Light project. 

May 23, 2019

The Smart*Light project has been nominated as finalist for the new National Icons. Press release of the Rijksoverheid (Dutch only) Website Nationale Iconen (Dutch only)


Our topics

Work with us!

Please check out the TU/e Vacancies page for further opportunities within our group. 

9 staff positions for female candidates in the Department of Applied Physics

All positions are open from May 15, 2019, and are open only to female candidates in the framework of the new Irène Curie Fellowship program of TU/e. Review of applications will begin immediately upon receipt, and continue until the positions are filled, with the last date for applications being November 15, 2019.

Meet some of our Researchers


We are part of a worldwide race to control the quantum states of elementary particles, and to integrate them in technology platforms. This so-called second quantum revolution will enable exponential advances in many fields of research and technology.

Student Opportunities

Are you a student interested in doing a BEP project or graduating in the Coherence and Quantum Technology group? There are ample traineeship opportunities for students within our group.

For more information, please contact:

Servaas Kokkelmans
Cyclotron building B 2.05
Phone: 040-247 3357