Centre Member Profile

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

- quantum optics

- nonlinear optics

- nano optics

- photon-pair generation

- quantum imaging

- quantum sensing

- integrated optics

Education:

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

- Diploma in Physics, 2005, Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Biography:

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