TU/e strengthens strategic links between IPI and AMOLF by appointing Ewold Verhagen

Ewold Verhagen, group leader Photonic Forces at the AMOLF research institute, has been appointed part-time professor of Nano-optomechanics at Eindhoven University of Technology, research group Photonics and Semiconductor Nanophysics (PSN) within the department of Applied Physics, as of July 1 2017. Professor Verhagen has made seminal contributions to the fields of optomechanics and nanophotonics and in the last few years he has set-up a very successful research group  at AMOLF. His arrival at TU/e marks a further reinforcement of the ongoing research activities in the nanophotonics field within the Applied Physics department and the Institute for Photonic Integration (IPI), particularly in the areas of nanophotonic integrated circuits and optical sensors. His appointment will also further strengthen the strategic links between the IPI and AMOLF.

Ewold Verhagen (1980) graduated from Utrecht University (2005) and performed his PhD research at  AMOLF  in Amsterdam, working on subwavelength light concentration, negative index metamaterials, and enhanced light-matter interactions in nanophotonic systems. For his cum laude PhD thesis (2009) he received the Dutch Physics Thesis Award and the FOM Valorization Chapter Award. From 2010, he worked as a Rubicon and Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), studying the laser cooling and optical control of mechanical resonators in the regime where quantum mechanics dominates their behavior. As of 2013, he has been leading the Photonic Forces group within the Center for Nanophotonics at AMOLF. His group studies light-matter interactions at the nanoscale, with a particular focus on the coupling between photons and phonons in nano-optomechanical systems. In 2014, he was awarded an NWO Vidi grant to work on quantum measurement and control of mechanical motion. His interests further include non-reciprocity induced by radiation pressure, plasmonic optomechanical sensors, hybrid optomechanical systems, and the physics of photonic and plasmonic resonators. He participates in several national and European academic consortia and public-private partnerships, and is a member of the board of NanoLabNL, a Dutch national facility providing open-access infrastructure for R&D in nanotechnology.