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  • Nicholas Guesken

    Nicholas Guesken

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Materials Science and Engineering

    BioNicholas is a postdoctoral research fellow in Prof. Mark Brongersma’s group at the Geballe Laboratory for Advanced Materials (GLAM), Stanford University. His research is supported by a science fellowship from the German National Academy of Science - Leopoldina. His research interests include nanophotonics, optoelectronics, plasmonics, photonic integration, quantum photonics, nonlinear optics, photon-emitter interfaces, emission enhancement of quantum emitters, active metasurfaces, and phase change materials.

    Nicholas is an experimental condensed matter physicist. After obtaining Master's degrees in Physics (RWTH Aachen) and Nanotechnology (Sorbonne), Nicholas began his Ph.D. at Imperial College London. During his Ph.D., he focused on light-matter interaction on the nanoscale, hot-carrier photodetection, and hybrid photonic-plasmonic waveguides. His supervisors were Prof. Stefan Maier and Prof. Rupert Oulton. He completed his Ph.D. in 2020, for which he was awarded the Imperial College Solid State Physics Thesis Prize 2020 for the best thesis. Shortly after, he joined a startup company in Switzerland working on the development of high-speed optical interconnects.

    In 2021, he was awarded the competitive Science Fellowship from the German National Academy of Science - Leopoldina, which has been supporting his research at Stanford. At Stanford University, he works on active solid-state optical interfaces with two main research directions: i) quantum emitter control in integrated photonic networks and ii) reconfigurable beam steering in phase change material-based metasurfaces.