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Pepijn W.H. Pinkse

Tel work

+31 53 4895904


P.W.H.Pinkse utwente.nl

Work address

Mesa+ Institute for Nanotechnology,

P.O. Box 217, 7500AE Enschede,

The Netherlands

Short Bio

Pepijn Pinkse did his PhD at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 1997 on spin-polarized atomic hydrogen. After a brief postdoc at the University of Konstanz, Germany, het spent 10 years at the famous Max-Planck Institute of Quantum Optics near Munich, Germany where he worked on Cavity QED and cooling and trapping of single atoms and cold molecules in the division of Gerhard Rempe. In 2009 he switched to the University of Twente, the Netherlands as an Associate Professor and program director of the newly established Strategic Research Orientation “Applied Nanophotonics” in the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Twente. His present research interests are Nanophotonics and Quantum optics and he leads a group combining these two interests, since 2014 as adjunct professor. After the formal end of the SRO, he continues to coordinate the Apllied NanoPhotonics collaboration. Within the chair COPS, he leads the research on Adaptive Quantum Optics

Research Interests




Quantum optics


Cooling and trapping of ultracold atoms, molecules and nanoparticles

Key Publications


S. A. Goorden, M. Horstmann, A. P. Mosk, B. Skoric, and P. W. H. Pinkse
Quantum-secure authentication of a physical unclonable key
Optica 1, 421-424 (2014)


S.R. Huisman, G. Ctistis, S. Stobbe, A.P. Mosk, J.L. Herek, A. Lagendijk, P. Lodahl, W.L. Vos, and P.W.H. Pinkse, Measurement of a band-edge tail in the density of states of a photonic-crystal waveguide, Phys. Rev. B. 86, 155154 (2012)


A. Ourjoumtsev, A. Kubanek, M. Koch, C. Sames, P.W.H. Pinkse, G. Rempe and K. Murr,

Observation of squeezed light from one atom excited with two photons, Nature 474, 623 (2011)


A. Kubanek, M. Koch, C. Sames, A. Ourjoumtsev, P.W.H. Pinkse, K. Murr, and G. Rempe , Photon by photon feedback control of a single-atom trajectory, Nature 462, 898-901 (2009)


T. Rieger, P. Windpassinger, S.A. Rangwala, G. Rempe, and P.W.H. Pinkse, Trapping of Neutral Rubidium with a Macroscopic Three-Phase Electric Trap, Physical Review Letters 99, 063001 (2007)


P.W.H. Pinkse, T. Fischer, P. Maunz, and G. Rempe. Trapping an atom with single photons, Nature 404, 365-368 (2000)

See here for a full list of my publications.



Teaching the master optics-track course “Quantum Optics” (5 EC) at UT


Organize monthly Applied Nanophotonics group seminars, attended by ~60 scientists from 6 chairs (COPS, OS, LPNO, MACS, NBP, XUV). Students from the Twente Graduate School actively participate in these seminars.


2008 Habilitation (German university lecture qualification) with test lecture on 11 Nov ‘08

1993 - 1997 Ph.D., University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands (thesis defense 22.12.1997).

Title: “Evaporatively Cooled Atomic Hydrogen Investigated by One- and Two-Photon Optical Methods”; Promotor: Prof. J.T.M. Walraven

1988 - 1993 MSc. in Physics, University of Leiden, The Netherlands.

Partial work in fulfillment of the requirements for MSc.: research in group of Prof. G. Frossati on third sound in superfluid helium films.

1982 - 1988 Grammar school (‘Johan de Witt gymnasium’), Dordrecht, The Netherlands.


Dutch Mother tongue German Fluent

English Fluent French Basic

Previous Research Experience

2001- Sep. `09 Research associate at the Max-Planck-Institut for Quantum Optics


Team leader and initiator of the cold-molecule project.


Continued supervision of the cavity-QED project.

1999 - 2001 Post-doctoral fellow in the group of Prof. Dr. G. Rempe at the prestigious Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics (MPQ), Garching, Germany.

1998 - 1999 Post-doctoral fellow in the group of Prof. Dr. G. Rempe, Universität Konstanz, Germany.

1993 - 1997 Ph.D. research on trapped atomic hydrogen in the group of Prof. Dr. J.T.M. Walraven. Co-promotor: Dr. T.W. Hijmans.

1992 - 1993 Extra 6 months traineeship, high-field magnet laboratory (SNCI) of the CNRS and the MPG in Grenoble, France, in the group of Prof. J.C. Portal. Supervisor: Dr. D. Maude.

1991 - 1992 Research trainee (18 months) in the Kamerlingh Onnes laboratory in the group of Prof. G. Frossati, University of Leiden. Supervisor: Dr. R. Jochemsen.