Applied Nanophotonics

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Immerse yourself in the field of optics and join us in leading research on photonic devices like microchips, sensors, and more.

Light plays an essential role in our daily lives – and this goes far beyond the sun or a lamp illuminating our world. It is a source of renewable energy, it carries information around on the internet, it is in the sensors of our smartwatches and in the screens of our smartphones or laptops, in medical instruments, in imaging technologies like cameras, microscopes and telescopes, and the list goes on. Do you want to immerse yourself in the field of optics and manipulate light at small scales, opening opportunities in a wide range of areas like high-tech manufacturing, data security, sustainable energy technologies, quantum computing, medical imaging, sensor technologies and more? Then the specialisation in Applied Nanophotonics might be just right for you!

“What makes the field of optics and photonics so interesting is that light is a powerful, multi-purpose tool to tackle all sorts of societal and technological challenges, from climate change to data security to the development of a quantum computer.”

Dr. Jelmer Renema
Assistant professor in the Adaptive Quantum Optics group
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What is Applied Nanophotonics?

In this specialisation, you will study the properties of light and the interaction of light with matter. Nanophotonics can be defined as the acquisition, processing, and communication of information using light, typically at dimensions smaller than the wavelength of light. You will combine principles from optics and nanotechnology to control and engineer the behaviour of photons (particles of light) in structures and devices on the nanometer scale, like microchips or sensors. You will get to grips with topics like light scattering, light pulse propagation, integrated optics, lithography, optical communication, but also electromagnetic waves and radiation.

Examples of courses you will follow during this specialisation:
  • In the course Biomedical Optics, you will learn about aspects of microscopy (resolution, contrast) and the propagation of light in tissue (scattering) as well as different microscopy techniques (fluorescence, phase, super-resolution).
  • Interested in the quantum side of optics? In the course Quantum Optics you will learn about the quantum behaviour of photons and how quantum calculations can be done using photons.
  • The course Integrated Optics teaches you all about waveguides, splitters and resonators on a chip, material properties and propagation.

With the world-renowned MESA+ Institute and outstanding connections with industrial partners, as well as successful spin-offs like QuiX Quantum and Lionix emerging from here, the University of Twente is renowned in the field of nanophotonics. By choosing this specialisation, you will join the country’s largest concentration of optical scientists working in this field. You will be able to tap into exciting research in various areas. You might for example work on photonic quantum cryptography to improve credit card security, or build optical fibre-based sensors for salt detection in groundwater aquifers. Or what about using your knowledge of optical sciences to detect multiple sclerosis (MS) at an early stage?

What will you learn?

As a graduate of this Master's and this specialisation, you have acquired specific, scientific knowledge, skills and values, which you can put to good use in your future job.

  • Knowledge

    After completing this Master’s specialisation, you:

    • have an in-depth understanding of the propagation of light beams through standard optical components and the interaction with matter;
    • have an in-depth understanding of light sources, light propagation and light detectors;
    • have an overview of the various applications and application fields for photonics
  • Skills

    After successfully finishing this Master’s specialisation, you:

    • are able to evaluate the applicability of optical solutions to particular problems;
    • can design optical solutions/imaging systems/optical processing structures;
    • can direct research, plan adjust and manage research projects.
  • Values

    After completing this Master’s specialisation, you:

    • have an analytical critical attitude;
    • understand the position of your research and its impact on science and society;
    • can work in any multicultural international setting.

Other master’s and specialisations

Is this specialisation not exactly what you’re looking for? Maybe one of the other specialisations suits you better. Or find out more about related Master’s:

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