Department of Applied Physics

Photonics and Semiconductor Nanophysics

We explore the novel physics and applications emerging from the interaction of light with nanoscale matter.


Mastering light at the nanoscale

The emission and absorption of light is the physical basis of lasers, LEDs, solar cells and photodetectors, which have become crucial parts of our daily life. By controlling these processes at a subwavelength scale, we can significantly improve the performance of these photonic devices and develop completely new ones. The Photonics and Semiconductor Nanophysics group investigates the physics of (nano-)photonic structures and materials in five distinct but related research lines, mostly centered around semiconductors, for applications ranging from optical communications to sensing and energy conversion.

Our Labs


9 Professor Positions for Female Candidates in the Department of Applied Physics (V34.3935)

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. One of these positions (Metaphotonics) is within the thematic focus of our group. If you would like to have more information about this position, please contact prof. Andrea Fiore or prof. Jaime Gómez-Rivas.

Please check out the TU/e Vacancies page for further opportunities within our group. For spontaneous applications and general inquiries, please contact prof. Jaime Gómez-Rivas


Meet some of our Researchers



The NanoLab@TU/e offers a unique combination of equipment for developing optical chips and other applications based on compound semiconductor technology.

The cleanroom at the NanoLab@TU/e offers a combination of equipment that is available nowhere else in the academic world. Here, optical chips based on semiconductive indium phosphide can be fabricated, from substrate right through to the end product.

The NanoLab@TU/e is an open-access research laboratory, in which both TU/e and other research centers and industrial parties conduct research. This approach ensures that insights and understanding acquired through fundamental research quickly find their way into industry.

Integrated Photonics

Shaping our future with the power of light

Photonics ­– the generation, processing and detection of light – is crucial to our future internet, energy, preventive healthcare, mobility and security. At TU/e we develop new materials and devices, integrated circuits and systems to create game-changing solutions that enable faster and more reliable data communication at lower energy cost, sensitive sensors for a better health, and unbreakable cryptography.


Student opportunities

In practically all research projects there are ample opportunities for Bachelor and Master projects.