Norte Research Group

Welcome to our 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 subsequently earned a PhD in Physics from Caltech (CV). Richard went on to work at the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience before joining 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 on the covers of Scientific American & Advanced Materials. 

Our lab is a European hub for research in lightsails and other high-aspect-ratio nanostructures, supported by a number of research awards including a multi-million euro 2021 ERC Starting Grant and Limitless Space Institute. Our unique expertise in quantum optomechanics and precision engineering allows us to design, fabricate, and test novel devices with unprecedented performance, ranging from centimeter-scale suspended nanostructures to ultra-sensitive optical sensors and actuators. 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 mechanics and thermodynamics to practical applications in nanotechnology and quantum 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:

  • Lightsails and high-aspect-ratio nanostructures for interstellar travel
  • Quantum optomechanics and quantum acoustics
  • Precision engineering and ultra-delicate nanofabrication
  • High-sensitivity optical sensing and actuation
  • Machine learning design of crucial nano-components

We invite you to explore our website to learn more about our team. Please feel free to contact us if you are interested in learning more about our work or if you are interested in joining our lab.

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