Prof. Tobias Kippenberg

Full Professor

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

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

>70 Publications in peer reviewed journals
Researcher Google Profile:
h-Index 50 (Google scholar H: 58, >20,000 citations)
Thomson Reuters List of Highly Cited Researchers (2014,2015,2016)
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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.
Nature (2014).

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.
Nature (2007)

Schliesser, A., Del’Haye, P., Nooshi, N., Vahala, K. & Kippenberg, T. Radiation Pressure Cooling of a Micromechanical Oscillator Using Dynamical Backaction.
Physical Review Letters 97, (2006).


Research Area

Our laboratory studies optical and quantum mechanical properties of high Quality factor (Q) micro- and nano-opto-mechanical structures.   Our research aims at extending quantum control  - routinely achieved in atoms or ions - to of engineered nano and micromechanical structures. We achieve this by using the force of light i.e. “radiation pressure”  to laser cool the mechanical motion to the quantum regime. Such studies may on the one hand lead to unprecedentedly sensitive sensor of force or displacement, and at the same time allow to study fundamental quantum mechanics and quantum measurement theory in engineered nanostructures.  

On the applied side, we study the use of ultra high Q micro-resonators for on chip optical frequency comb generation. Micro-resonator combs offer unprecedentedly large mode spacing combs, which find applications in coherent telecommunications, astronomy as well as molecular spectroscopy. Our research is laboratory based, combines theory with experiments and uses advanced micro-and nanofabrication, to control photons and phonons on the micro- and nanoscale.



PH D3 355 (Bâtiment PH)
Station 3
CH-1015 Lausanne