BiographyTobias J. Kippenberg is Full Professor of Physics at EPFL and leads the Laboratory of Photonics and Quantum Measurement. He obtained his BA at the RWTH Aachen, and MA and PhD at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech in Pasadena, USA). From 2005- 2009 he lead an Independent Research Group at the MPI of Quantum Optics, and is at EPFL since. His research interest are the Science and Applications of ultra high Q microcavities; in particular with his research group he discovered chip-scale Kerr frequency comb generation (Nature 2007, Science 2011) and observed radiation pressure backaction effects in microresonators that now developed into the field of cavity optomechanics (Science 2008). Tobias Kippenberg is alumni of the “Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes”. For his invention of “chip-scale frequency combs” he received he Helmholtz Price for Metrology (2009) and the EFTF Young Investigator Award (2010). For his research on cavity optomechanics, he received the EPS Fresnel Prize (2009). In addition he is recipient of the ICO Prize in Optics (2014), the Swiss National Latsis award (2015), the German Wilhelm Klung Award (2015) and ZEISS Research Award (2018). He is fellow of the APS and OSA, and listed since 2014 in the Thomas Reuters highlycited.com in the domain of Physics.
2009: Habilitation (Venia Legendi) in Physics, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
2004: PhD, California Institute of Technology (Advisor Professor Kerry Vahala)
2000: Master of Science (Applied Physics), California Institute of Technology
1998: BA in Physics, Technical University of Aachen (RWTH), Germany
1998: BA in Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Aachen (RWTH), Germany
2013 - present: Full Professor EPFL
2010 - 2012: Associate Professor EPFL
2008 - 2010: Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
2007 - present: Marie Curie Excellent Grant Team Leader, Max Planck Institute of
Quantum Optics (Division of Prof.T.W. Hänsch)
2005 - present: Leader of an Independent Junior Research Group, Max Planck Institute
2005- present: Habilitant (Prof. Hänsch) Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU)
2005-2006: Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for the Physics of Information, California Institute of Technology
2000-2004: Graduate Research Assistant, California Institute of Technology
PRIZES AND HONORS:
ZEISS Research Award 2018
Fellow of the APS 2016
Klung-Wilhelmy Prize 2015
Swiss Latsis Prize 2014
Selected Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher in Physics, 2014/2015
ICO Prize, 2013
EFTF Young Scientist Award (for "invention of microresonator based frequency combs") 2010
Fresnel Prize of the European Physical Society (for contributions to Optomechanics) 2009
Helmholtz Prize for Metrology (for invention of the monolithic frequency comb) 2009
1st Prize winner of the EU Contest for Young Scientists, Helsinki, Finland. Sept. 1996 Jugend forscht
1st Physics Prize at the German National Science Contest May 1996
Fellow of the German National Merit Foundation ("Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes") 1998-2002
Member of the Daimler-Chysler-Fellowship-Organization 1998-2002 Dr. Ulderup Fellowship 1999-2000
Experimental and theoretical research in photonics, notably high Q optical microcavities and their use in cavity quantum optomechanics and frequency metrology
PUBLICATIONS AND OFTEN CITED METRICS*:
>70 Publications in peer reviewed journals
Researcher Google Profile: http://scholar.google.ch/citations?user=PRCbG2kAAAAJ&hl=en
h-Index 54 (Google scholar H: 64, >25,000 citations)
Thomson Reuters/Claravite List of Highly Cited Researchers (2014,2015,2016,2017)
*careful in its use: https://www.aps.org/publications/apsnews/201411/backpage.cfm*
KEY PUBLICATIONS AND REVIEWS:
A. Ghadimi, et al.
Elastic strain engineering for ultra high Q nanomechanical oscillators
Trocha, et al.
Ultrafast distance measurements using soliton microresonator frequency combs
Science, Vol. 359 (2018)
[joint work with C. Koos]
Pablo-Marin et al. Microresonator-based solitons for massively parallel coherent optical communications
[joint work with C. Koos]
V. Brasch, et al.
Photonic chip-based optical frequency comb using soliton Cherenkov radiation.
Science, vol. 351, num. 6271 (2015)
Aspelmeyer, M., Kippenberg, T. J. & Marquardt, F. Cavity optomechanics.
Reviews of Modern Physics 86, 1391-1452, (2014)
Wilson, D. J. et al. Measurement and control of a mechanical oscillator at its thermal decoherence rate.
Verhagen, E., Deleglise, S., Weis, S., Schliesser, A. & Kippenberg, T. J. Quantum-coherent coupling of a mechanical oscillator to an optical cavity mode.
Nature 482, 63-67 (2012).
Kippenberg, T. J., Holzwarth, R. & Diddams, S. A. Microresonator-based optical frequency combs.
Science 332, 555-559, (2011).
Weis, S. et al. Optomechanically induced transparency.
Science 330, 1520-1523 (2010).
Kippenberg, T. J. & Vahala, K. J. Cavity optomechanics: back-action at the mesoscale.
Science 321, 1172-1176, (2008).
Del'Haye, P. et al. Optical frequency comb generation from a monolithic microresonator.
Schliesser, A., DelHaye, P., Nooshi, N., Vahala, K. & Kippenberg, T. Radiation Pressure Cooling of a Micromechanical Oscillator Using Dynamical Backaction.
Physical Review Letters 97, (2006).
|T.J. Kippenberg and K.J. Vahala
Science 321, 1172 (2008)
|Cavity Optomechanics: Back-Action at the Mesoscale|
|A. Schlie�er, R. Rivi�re, G. Anetsberger, O. Arcizet, and T.J. Kippenberg
Nature Physics 4, 415 (2008)
|Resolved Sideband Cooling of a Micromechanical Oscillator|
|P. Del'Haye, A. Schlie�er, O. Arcizet, T. Wilken, R. Holzwarth, and T.J. Kippenberg
Nature 450, 1214 (2007)
|Optical frequency comb generation from a monolithic microresonator|
|Wilson-Rae, N. Nooshi, W. Zwerger and T.J. Kippenberg
Physical Review Letters 99, 093901 (2007)
|Theory of ground state cooling of a mechanical oscillator using dynamical back-action|
|A. Schlie�er, P. Del'Haye, N. Nooshi, K. J. Vahala and T. J. Kippenberg
Physical Review Letters 97, 243905 (2006)
|Radiation pressure cooling of a micromechanical oscillator using dynamical backaction|
|Weis, S. et al.
Science 330, 1520-1523, (2010).
|Optomechanically induced transparency|
|Verhagen, E., Deleglise, S., Weis, S., Schliesser, A. & Kippenberg, T. J.
Nature 482, 63-67, (2012)
|Quantum-coherent coupling of a mechanical oscillator to an optical cavity mode|
|Aspelmeyer, M., Kippenberg, T. J. & Marquardt
Reviews of Modern Physics (2014)
|Wilson, D. J. et al.
|Measurement and control of a mechanical oscillator at its thermal decoherence rate|
|V. Brasch, M. Geiselmann, T. Herr, G. Lihachev, M. H. P. Pfeiffer, M. L. Gorodetsky and T. J. Kippenberg.
Science, vol. 351, num. 6271, p. 357-360, 2015.
|Photonic chip-based optical frequency comb using soliton Cherenkov radiation.|
Teaching & PhD
Electrical and Electronics Engineering