Our master and bachelor projects are offered within the quantum transport group, contact Ronald Hanson if you are interested by one of our projects.

PhD and postdoc positions

Developing high performance quantum detectors

We will develop high performance single photon detectors with high system detection efficiencies and low noise levels, a challenging project combining nanofabrication and quantum optics experiments. The detectors will be based on superconducting nanowire devices and will be designed to reach unprecedented detection efficiencies to enable new experiments such as the closing of the detection loophole in entanglement experiments. This work will be carried out in Grenoble to take advantage of the outstanding nanofabrication facilites available there, in close collaboration with the Zwiller group in Delft.

A postdoc position and a PhD position are currently open for this project. contact:


Master projects and Bachelor projects

Are available year round. Contact us to discuss possible projects.

Completed master projects

  • Niels Los: Integrated semiconductor photon sources and superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors
    2013               Download pdf


  • Aafke van den Berg: Time-bin entanglement with a single quantum dot
    2012               Download pdf


  • Iman Esmaeil Zadeh: Multi-Pixel Superconducting Single Photon Detectors: Towards Imaging Sensors
    2011               Download pdf


  • Andika Asyuda: Transfer of Nanowire Quantum Dots in a Polymer Film
    2011              Download pdf


  • Paul AlsteinTowards fast light at the single photon level
    2011               Download pdf


  • Maaike Witteveen:Hong-Ou-Mandel interference in surface plasmon waveguides
    February 2011              Download pdf


  • Esteban Bermúdez UreñaTowards efficiency enhancement in superconducting nanowire single photon detectors
    August 2010               Download pdf


  • Maria BarkelidSingle Silicon p-i-n Nanowire Avalanche Photodiodes for Single Photon Detection
    April 2010


  • Gerben Tuin: Optical characterization of Wurtzite Indium Phosphide
    February 2010             Download pdf
    Work done at Lund University in the group of Prof. L. Samuelson


  • Antal van KolckTHz time domain spectroscopy gain measurements on THz quantum cascade lasers
    January 2010,  work done at ETH Zurich in the group of Prof. J. Faist


  • Benny KoeneExcitation, guiding and detection of single plasmons
    December 2009          Download pdf


  • Anne Hidma: Charge tunable single nanowire quantum dots
    November 2009


  • Ataklti Gebremedhin: Conversion of photons to electrons in a single nanowire quantum dot
    July 2007          Download pdf


  • Sander Dorenbos: Fabrication and characterization of superconducting detectors for single photon counting
    February 2007               Download pdf


  • Freek Kelkensberg: Nano-LEDs for quantum optics
    June 2006


Completed PhDs

  • Gabriele Bulgarini: Nanowire-based Quantum Photonics

May 2014            Download pdf


  • Barbara Witek: Quantum Dot Spin Engineering for Quantum Optics

April 2014     Download pdf


  • Reinier Heeres: Quantum Plasmonics
    November 2012     Download pdf


  • Sander Dorenbos: Superconducting Single Photon Detectors
    October 2011            Download pdf


  • Umberto Perinetti: Optical Properties of Semiconductor Quantum Dots
    February 2011           Download pdf


  • Maarten van Weert: Quantum Dots in Vertical Nanowire Devices
    June 2010            Download pdf


  • Maarten van Kouwen: Opto-Electronics on Single Nanowire Quantum Dots
    June  2010            Download pdf