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For the first time, we link two breakthrough fields in physics: optical trapping and frequency combs via nanoscale trampolines. Using optical trapping we discovered a new way to create frequency combs that open new possibilities in microchips.
Our lab was awarded a €2.1 million ERC Starting Grant which will allow us to explore new types of nanotechnology with extreme-aspect-ratios. These optomechanical components are aiming to open new ventures in material science, space exploration, and quantum sensing.
TU Delta features our lab's aims to propel microchip satellites with lightweight sails to the nearest star at nearly 1/5 the speed of light! This will require ultra-thin materials unlike anything found in nature or made by science today.
Physics World features our machine-learning based spiderweb resonators and their ability to investigate fundamental physics like gravity, dark matter, and quantum physics.
Inspired by spiderwebs and guided by machine learning, our team at the TU Delft managed to create some of the world's best vibrational sensors at the nanoscale. Our results have been published in Advanced Materials' Rising Stars Issue.
Our experiment to measure the Casimir force between superconductors for the first time is featured in Scientific American.
Our lab received an NWO Start-Up Grant to investigate the Casimir effect between superconductor with new type of scanning tunneling microscope experiment. These experiments aim to uncover the interplay between two famous quantum effects.
Welcome to the research group at the Delft University of Technology led by Dr. Richard Norte. Originally from California, he earned BSc degrees in Physics & Mathematics from Stanford University and a PhD in Physics from Caltech (CV). Richard joined the Precision and Microsystems Engineering Department at TU Delft in 2018. His work has been featured in Nature, Nature Photonics, Science, Physical Review Letters and the cover of Scientific American.
Our lab is a European hub for research in nanoscale optical and mechanical technologies including microchip sensors, high-performance optomechanical circuits, and ultra-thin metamaterials for acoustics and optics. Supported by some of Europe's largest awards including a 2021 ERC Starting Grant, our expertise in quantum optomechanics and precision engineering allows us to design, fabricate, and demonstrate novel microchips and metamaterials with unique performance. Our lab is a vibrant and interdisciplinary community of scientists and engineers, dedicated to advancing nanoscience. We are proud to offer outstanding opportunities to work on cutting-edge projects at the forefront of research, ranging from fundamental studies of quantum hardware to practical applications in nanotechnology and computing. Our lab is part of the Dynamics of Micro and Nano Systems (DMN) section in the Precision and Microsystems Engineering Department.
Our research focuses on a variety of topics, including:
We invite you to explore our website to learn more about our team. Please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in learning more about our work or if you are interested in joining our lab.