Starting September 2018, the DIFFER group Photonics for Energy, headed by prof. Jaime Gómez Rivas, will become a full part of Eindhoven University of Technology. The group studies the interaction of electromagnetic waves and matter in a broad range of frequencies and at different temporal and spatial scales . This research covers also applications from light harvesting and energy transport in materials to light emitting materials. Photonics for Energy was part of the Solar Fuels division of DIFFER from 2015 to 2018 and continues its frontier work as the Surface Photonics group in the Photonics and Semiconductor Nanophysics capacity group of the Applied Physics department of TU/e .
Prof. Jaime Gómez Rivas and his research group joined DIFFER from our sister institute AMOLF in 2015. The group was founded at AMOLF in 2005 and quickly developed into one of the world's leading research groups on optical and THz plasmonics, and nanowire photonics. At DIFFER, the group applied this knowledge to investigate how light and materials interact at the nanoscale and at sub-picosecond time scales , initiating research activities in polaritonic devices for energy harvesting and conversion. The group has decided to join TU/e in order to further expand its activities in polaritonic devices, ultrafast spectroscopy, nanophotonics and metamaterials.
Since its inception, Jaime Gómez Rivas' group has completed two Industrial Partnership Programmes with Philips, received 2 ERC grants and one Vici grant, published over 100 scientific articles, entered 20 patent applications and produced 9 PhD theses, two of which were awarded with the FOM valorisation chapter prize and the best physics thesis prize.