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"Applied NanoPhotonics: seeing tomorrow in a new light"

Applied Nanophotonics (ANP) started in 2009 as a MESA+ Strategic Research Orientation, led by Pepijn Pinkse. In 2014 ANP continued as a collaboration of the MESA+ photonics groups to address nanooptical research questions together by joining their expertise. ANP continues to foster new research and develops new expertise in a few key areas. ANP scientists meet on a monthly basis in ANP meetings to lively debate the latest nanophotonic developments. By means of these ANP group meetings, ANP colloquia and workshops (see picture), ANP stimulates cooperation between the research groups at MESA+ that have a strong optics focus, including COPS, LPNO, MACS, NBP, OS & VUV, as evidenced by our joint publications. In ANP, the light of tomorrow is developed today!


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Artistic impression of hydrogen generating molecular photocatalysis with the Spin density distribution of the triplet state based on the bridging ligand.

25 July 2016: Novel design strategy for hydrogen generating molecular photocatalysts

An international collaboration coordinated by scientists at the University of Twente (TNW/MESA+) has resulted in a new design approach for hydrogen generating photocatalysts. The authors observed that violating the commonly accepted state-of-the-art design strategy strongly improves the hydrogen generation efficiency. The novel approach shows high promise for efficient direct conversion of sunlight into green fuel. PhD student Qing Pan, assistant professor dr. ir. Annemarie Huijser and collaborators published the results in the leading journal Chemical Communications. ... read more

quantum physics in paint

12 May 2016: Quantum physics inside a drop of paint

Inside a drop of paint, light is scattered so often that it seems impossible to demonstrate quantum effects. But despite the thousands of possible paths the light can take, like a drunk person inside a labyrinth, researchers of the University of Twente now show that there are just two exits. Depending on the light pattern that enters the paint, two photons always come out through the same exit, or through different ones – as though they avoid each other. The scientists of UT’s MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology publish about these remarkable findings in the Physical Review A journal. ... read more

28 Feb 2016: ANP researchers make important step in understanding of light scattering

A team of researchers from the University of Twente and from Philips in the Netherlands has suc­ceeded in taking an important step in understanding how light is scattered, absorbed and re-emitted in white light emitting di­odes (LEDs). This breakthrough in research is relevant to everyday lighting applications, and is being pub­lished in the American magazine Journal of Applied Physics. ... read more

Cross section of the optical fiber used in this study

29 Jan 2016: ANP Researchers find method to make super-sharp images through thin optical fibres

Super-sharp images from within the human body made through tiny endoscopes have come a step closer to reality thanks to joint research by ANP scientists, the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL) and Carl Zeiss AG. An advanced wavefront shaping method developed at the UT combined with unique optical fibres from MPL make it possible to focus lensless light at an unparalleled resolution. FOM postdoc Dr Lyubov Amitonova and her colleagues published their findings on 29 Jan. in Optics Letters, the leading journal of the Optical Society of America. ... read more