Norte Research Group
Awarded ERC Starting Grant
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.
A trip to the stars with ultra-light materials?
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 nanomechanical sensors
Physics World features our machine-learning based spiderweb resonators and their ability to investigate fundamental physics like gravity, dark matter, and quantum physics.
Spiderweb Sensors on cover of Advanced Materials
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.
Limitless Space Institute Grant
We were recently awarded a I2 Strategic Grant from the Limitless Space Institute to develop new types of nanophotonics for space applications using machine learning algorithms.
Scientific American: Is Gravity Quantum?
Our experiment to measure the Casimir force between superconductors for the first time is featured in Scientific American.
Awarded NWO Startup Grant for Quantum Sensing
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.
News and Highlights
Our research focuses on creating new microchip technologies and designer meta-materials which can manipulate light & sound at the nanoscale. This allows us to create circuits which route photons & phonons in the same way conventional circuitry routes electrons. By sending laser light into nano-photonic circuits, we can interact with micro-sized mechanical oscillators, allowing us to measure vibrations on the femto-meter scale (10-15 m) – a size normally reserved to describe the radius of protons. We are expanding these unique capabilities to create quantum-limited sensors which can detect accelerations, temperatures, and forces on integrated microchips and can be readily translated into emerging nanotechnology industries. These light-based sensors are now laying the groundwork towards new types of microphones, accelerometers, and inertial navigation systems which can out-perform many conventional MEMS platforms in terms of sensitivity, energy consumption, and immunity to environmental noise and jamming. The aim is to create nano-mechanical sensors so sensitive and easy-to-use that we can study fundamental physics in new ways and push forward commercial applications.
Richard Norte holds a bachelors degree in Physics and Mathematics from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Physics from Caltech (CV). His work has been featured in Nature, Nature Photonics, Science, Physical Review Letters and on the cover of Optica, Scientific American and Advanced Materials. He is co-founder of consulting company, Nenso Solutions, which helps enable nanotechnology for next-generation industries. Richard is currently a researcher in the Department of Quantum Nanoscience. The Norte Research Group is part of the DMN research group in the Precision and Microsystems Engineering (PME) department.