December 11, 2020 · University of Amsterdam · Ruslan Röhrich

Unconventional metrology: Merging nanophotonics with computational imaging

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Using the tools of physics and design principles, AMOLF researchers study complex matter, such as light at the nanoscale, living matter, designer matter and nanoscale solar cells. These insights open up opportunities to create new functional materials and to find solutions to societal challenges.

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