Centre Member Profile

Frank Setzpfandt
Employer: Friedrich-Schiller University
Centre Role: Associate Investigator
Job Title in TMOS: Junior Research Group Leader
Research Interests:

- quantum optics

- nonlinear optics

- nano optics

- photon-pair generation

- quantum imaging

- quantum sensing

- integrated optics


- Phd (Dr. rer. nat.) in Physics, 2012, Friedrich Schiller University Jena

- Diploma in Physics, 2005, Friedrich Schiller University Jena


Dr. Frank Setzpfandt obtained his PhD in 2012 from Friedrich Schiller University in Jena. He worked on frequency conversion and nonlinear dynamics in coupled waveguides. During a Post-Doc with The Australian National University he became interested in photon-pair generation and nanophotonics. He returned to Friedrich Schiller University in 2015, initially as a Post-Doc continuing these topics. Since 2016, he has lead a scientifically independent junior research group (https://www.iap.uni-jena.de/setzpfandt.html) at the Institute of Applied Physics focused on quantum imaging and sensing as well as frequency conversion in integrated and nanostructured optical systems. He is a PI of the Abbe Center of Photonics in Jena (https://www.acp.uni-jena.de/) and the CEO of the Thuringian Innovation Center for Quantum Optics and Sensing (https://www.inquosens.de/).

The current research of Dr. Setzpfandt encompasses several directions:

• quantum imaging and sensing, where he aims to develop microscopy systems based on quantum ghost imaging and devices for mid-infrared quantum spectroscopy using integrated-optical structures

• parametric frequency conversion, where he uses different structured optical systems, such as metasurfaces or nanowaveguides, to fully control the properties of classical and non-classical light generated by parametric nonlinear processes

• integrated optics, where he works on establishing thin-film lithium niobate as a viable platform for nanoscale integrated optics and quantum photonics

• theoretical quantum optics, where he develops general methods to describe light-matter interaction and quantum light propagation in the presence of absorption