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, he 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, which he continued to coordinate as speaker of the speaker of the Applied NanoPhotonics (ANP) cluster. His present research interests are Nanophotonics and Quantum optics.  Since Sept. 2019 he holds the chair "Adaptive Quantum Optics" combining these two interests. He is the director of the centre for QUAntum NanoTechnology Twente (QUANT).

Education background

  • 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


  • Physics

    • Photonics
    • Media
    • Photons
    • Light
    • Output
    • Molecules
    • Interference
    • Utilization


Ancillary activities

  • QuiX Quantum B.V.occasional advising; receiving and touring visitors


  • Nanophotonics,
  • Quantum optics
  • Cooling and trapping of ultracold atoms, molecules and nanoparticles


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


Light quantum technology. University of Twente. Pinkse, P. W. H.Quantum simulation of thermodynamics in an integrated quantum photonic processorNature communications, 14, Article 3895. Somhorst, F., van der Meer, R., Correa Anguita, M., Schadow, R., Snijders, H. J., de Goede, M., Kassenberg, B., Venderbosch, P., Taballione, C., Epping, J., van den Vlekkert, H., Timmerhuis, J., Bulmer, J. F. F., Lugani, J., Walmsley, I. A., Pinkse, P. W. H., Eisert, J., Walk, N. & Renema, J. J. Quantum Optics - Quantum Information Processing (AQO-QIP). Somhorst, F., Correa Anguita, M., Marzban, S., Timmerhuis, J., Van den Hoven, S., Leentjes, B., Sauer, K., Maxwell, I., Pinkse, P. W. H. & Renema, J. J.Physical Unclonable Keys for Quantum-Secure Authentication and Communication. de Ruiter, D., Stellinga, D., Start, K., van der Hoeven, L., Velsink, M., Marzban, S., de Man, S., Saini, S. K. & Pinkse, P. W. H.Physical Unclonable Keys for Quantum-Secure Authentication and Communication. de Ruiter, D., Stellinga, D., Start, K., van der Hoeven, L., Velsink, M., Marzban, S., de Man, S., Saini, S. K. & Pinkse, P. W. H.Mirror Symmetry in three-dimensional Multiple-Scattering Media. Saini, S. K., Marakis, E., Start, K., Osnabrugge, G., Vellekoop, I. M. & Pinkse, P. W. H. Physical Unclonable Functions. de Ruiter, D. J., Stellinga, D. P., van der Hoeven, L., Velsink, M. C. & Pinkse, P. W. H.Adaptive Quantum Optics - Quantum Information Processing (AQO-QIP). Correa Anguita, M., Renema, J. J., Timmerhuis, J., Pinkse, P. W. H., Somhorst, F., Marzban, S., Van den Hoven, S., Leentjens, B., Sauer, K. & Maxwell, I.20-Mode Universal Quantum Photonic ProcessorQuantum, 7, Article 1071. Taballione, C., Anguita, M. C., de Goede, M., Venderbosch, P., Kassenberg, B., Snijders, H., Kannan, N., Vleeshouwers, W. L., Smith, D., Epping, J. P., van der Meer, R., Pinkse, P. W. H., van den Vlekkert, H. & Renema, J. J. and randomness in scattering media. Saini, S. K., Start, K., Marakis, E. & Pinkse, P. W. H.

Other contributions


  1. 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)
  2. 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)
  3. 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)
  4. 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)
  5. 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)
  6. P.W.H. Pinkse, T. Fischer, P. Maunz, and G. Rempe. Trapping an atom with single photons, Nature 404, 365-368 (2000)

Research profiles

Next to the bachelor/master teaching activities:

  • organize monthly Applied Nanophotonics group seminars, attended by ~60 scientists from 6 chairs (AQO, COPS, iOS, LPNO, MACS, NLNP, OS). Students from the department actively participate in these seminars.

Affiliated study programs

Courses academic year 2023/2024

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Courses academic year 2022/2023


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