Are you a highly motivated physicist interested in a PhD project at the intersection between nanophotonics and 2D material science? The 2D Nanophotonics group within the Institute of Physics has an open position for the project “Excitonic 2D metasurfaces for active multifunctional flat optics”
. The aim is to employ exciton resonances in monolayer 2D semiconductors to actively tune the optical response of metasurfaces.
Optical metasurfaces offer ultra-flat and compact alternatives to conventional bulky optical elements like mirrors, lenses, and prisms. By accurate engineering of the resonant light-matter interaction of arrays of nanostructures, light can be scattered in a controlled fashion to perform an optical function. While such optical metasurfaces are nowadays highly efficient and well established, their optical function is typically static.
In this project you will study the strong light-matter interactions of stable excitons in monolayer 2D semiconductor material and couple these materials to resonant metasurfaces. Using their combination, you
will investigate the unique properties of these 2D quantum materials and use them to develop multifunctional and atomically thin optical elements with an electrically tunable optical function.
You will be joining an exciting team of researchers with a strong emphasis on collaboration. We expect you to be an active member of the research group and work ?
You will perform fundamental research on the understanding and use of monolayer 2D van der Waals materials in atomically thin optical metasurfaces.
- fabricate optical metasurfaces and nanoscale devices in the cleanroom of the AMOLF NanoLab Amsterdam (https://amolf.nl/nanolab);
- design and perform high-sensitivity optical and electronic experiments at cryogenic temperatures;
- develop theory and computer simulations to support the experiments;
- present your results in international workshops and conferences;
- collaborate with other members of the research group, other groups within the Quantum Materials cluster, and (international) collaborators;
- take part in the teaching efforts of the group, including supervision of bachelor and master students.