PhD-candidate University of Amsterdam ‘gives face to science’

6 February 2015

Physicist Hugo Doeleman, PhD-candidate at the University of Amsterdam’s Institute of Physics (IoP) and FOM-institute AMOLF is one of the new young researchers featured on the website Faces of Science. In his first blog he details how he, after a long deliberation, decided on pursuing a degree in physics .

Faces of Science is a Dutch-language website where young researchers blog about the daily reality of working in science and all that it entails. In his research, carried out with the research group Resonant Nanophotonics at the FOM-institute AMOLF, Doeleman tries to capture light in a so-called ‘nano-disc’, a process on which ultimately computers should be able to run. There is a limit to the processing speed of the electron chip, and consequently to the speed of the computer. A ‘light chip’ could provide an alternative. However, in order for that to work, the light needs to be directed and contained. Doeleman’s research is aimed at making the light in the chip behave accordingly.

He explains more about his research in this video (in Dutch): 


Faces of Science is an initiative of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and De Jonge Akademie, with the aim to give students in university and the last years of secondary school a realistic impression of the life of a scientist and - moreover - to put a spotlight on young scientists. Visitors of the website can discover the world of science through videos, blogs, articles and more. The website, which was launched last summer, now features twenty young researcher contributors and in three new Faces of Science will be added in each of the coming months.

The project is carried out in cooperation with and FastFacts, financed by Elsevier science authors and supported by Lira Auteursfonds Reprorecht.

Source: KNAW / Faces of Science

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