Full Professor

Ton van Leeuwen

Quantum physics is simply too strange to understand. That is why I love it. The more so when the strangeness leads to surprising applications.

Department / Section
Eindhoven School of Education
Floor / room

Research Profile

Ton van Leeuwen is full professor of Applied Atom Optics with the research group Coherence and Quantum Technology (QCT) of the TU/e department of Applied Physics. He is also the general director of the Eindhoven School of Education, the TU/e expertise center in the field of professional development of (future) teachers in the science and engineering domain. Research in the group CQT centers around coherence in ensembles of atoms, ions, electrons and photons. It combines expertise from plasma physics, AMO (Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics) and particle beam physics to investigate new areas such as Extreme Plasma Physics. The group especially concentrates on the potential applications of those techniques, either to future technologies or to other areas in physics. At present, CQT's research program is divided into four discernable but inter-related subprograms: Ultrafast Electron Beams; Ultracold Atoms and Quantum Gases; Ultracold Electron and Ion Sources; and Laser-assisted Accelerators.

Academic Background

K.A.H. (Ton) van Leeuwen studied Physics at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (The Netherlands) where he obtained his MSc in 1978 and his PhD in 1984 in the field of atomic spectroscopy. After a postdoc at Stony Brook (NY, USA), where he investigated chaotic effects in atomic ionization, he started as an assistant professor at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e, The Netherlands) in the Atomic and Optical Interactions group. His research focused on laser cooling, quantum optics and matter wave physics. From 2001 to 2006 he held an appointment as a part-time professor at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. In 2006, he was appointed full professor in Applied Atom Optics in the Coherence and Quantum Technology group at the department of Applied Physics at TU/e. From 2006 until March 2018, he was Director of Education in Physics at TU/e. Since April 2018, he is the general director of the Eindhoven School of Education at TU/e.

Educational Activities

  • Bachelor final project (15 ECTS)
  • Biofysica N4A
  • Geofysica N4A
  • Grondslagen en geschiedenis van de natuurkunde N4A
  • Experimentele fysica N4A
  • Advanced optics

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