prof.dr. P.W.H. Pinkse (Pepijn)


About Me

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, het 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 continues to coordinate. His present research interests are Nanophotonics and Quantum optics.  Since Sept. 2019 he holds the chair "Adaptive Quantum Optics" within the COPS group combining these two interests.

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 & Astronomy
Engineering & Materials Science
Multimode Fibers
Photonic Crystals


  • Nanophotonics,
  • Quantum optics
  • Cooling and trapping of ultracold atoms, molecules and nanoparticles
  • 2001- Sep. `09 Research associate at the Max-Planck-Institut for Quantum Optics
    • Team 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.


Saini, S. K., Start, K. , & Pinkse, P. W. H. (2022). Light transport in mirror-symmetric disordered scattering media. Poster session presented at NWO Physics@Veldhoven 2022.
Velsink, M. C., Amitonova, L. V. , & Pinkse, P. W. H. (2021). Towards Multimode-fiber-based Two-photon Endoscopy. In 2021 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe and European Quantum Electronics Conference, CLEO/Europe-EQEC 2021 [9542243] (2021 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe and European Quantum Electronics Conference, CLEO/Europe-EQEC 2021). IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/CLEO/Europe-EQEC52157.2021.9542243
Start, K. , Saini, S. K. , & Pinkse, P. W. H. (2021). Symmetrically disordered scattering media. 63. Poster session presented at 44th Meeting of the NNV section Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics 2021, Lunteren, Netherlands.
Meer, R. V. D. , Goede, M. D., Kassenberg, B., Venderbosch, P. , Snijders, H., Epping, J. , Taballione, C., Vlekkert, H. V. D. , Renema, J. J. , & Pinkse, P. W. H. (2021). Observation of open scattering channels. ArXiv.
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)

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