Physics for Technology and Instrumentation (PTI)

The ‘Physics for Technology and Instrumentation’ (PTI) research community covers the fundamental physical understanding and development of new technologies, methods, instrumentation and engineering innovations.

Research community Physics for Technology and Instrumentation

The gained knowledge is used to advance performances of technologies and instrumentation in fields such as acoustics, optical metrology, medical technology, microscopy, integrated photonics, nano-electronics, quantum information, magnet technology, advanced light sources and particle and X-ray beam techniques. The majority of the community works in one of the following areas:

  1. Physics for Fabrication: manipulation of materials at the nano- to micro-scale in 2- and 3-D
  2. Sensing, Detecting and Probing: striving for smaller and smarter sensing devices
  3. Sources: improvement of radiation and particle sources
  4. Actuation and Manipulation: developing novel concepts for biomolecules, fluids, and plasmas in reactors and detectors.

The research community Physics for Technology and Instrumentation:

Prof. A.A. (Ageeth) Bol chair, 2-D materials fabrication
Dr. N. (Niels) van Bakel, particle physics and gravitational wave detectors
Dr. A. (Andrea) Baldi, nanomaterials
Prof. T. (Tamalika) Banerjee, spintronics of functional materials
Prof. P.C.M. (Peter) Christianen, instrumentation for optics
Prof. M.L. (Marloes) Groot, biophotonics and medical imaging
Dr. J.P. (Jacob) Hoogenboom, electron and optical microscopy
Prof. S.J.G. (Serge) Lemay, bio-electronics
Dr. A. (Ana) Sobota, plasma physics
Dr. F. (Frans) Widdershoven, semiconductor physics
Dr. S. (Stefan) Witte, imaging technology, lasers and optics
Dr. P.J. van der Zaag, (bio)nanotechnology, optical imaging/spectroscopy, condensed matter physics

NWO-secretary: Shashini Munshi

Research community advisory committee duties and procedures

The research community advisory committees are assigned the following tasks:

  • Identifying new developments in the sub-field of the research community advisory committee;
  • Maintaining contact with the research field;
  • Maintaining the network with the Dutch National Research Agenda, top sectors, TKI HTSM,  the Platform Academische Natuurkunde etc.;
  • Monitoring the progress of ongoing research programmes in the sub-field in question, including advising the Physics Round Table at the conclusion of these programmes;
  • Monitoring ongoing research and existing facilities and new initiatives;
  • Helping shape and implement the NWO network and forum function in consultation with the field (during Physics@Veldhoven and DutchBiophysics for example);
  • Giving unsolicited and solicited advice to the Physics Round Table and to the Science board.