Dr. Sven Burger

Head of Research Group Computational Nano Optics

Zuse Institute Berlin
Takustraße 7
14195 Berlin

Research focus

Numerical methods for simulating light-matter interactions on the nanoscale
Applications in plasmonics, active devices, computational metrology, computational lithography

Projects as a project leader

  • OT9

    From single photon sources to tailored multi-photon states

    Dr. Sven Burger / Prof. Dr. Frank Schmidt

    Project heads: Dr. Sven Burger / Prof. Dr. Frank Schmidt
    Project members: Anna Wegloop
    Duration: -
    Status: running
    Located at: Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum für Informationstechnik Berlin


    This project investigates methods to model and simulate nanoscale light emitters in complex environments. Semiconductor quantum dots can be used as light sources in quantum information processing. Typical applications like secure communication or quantum-computing require integration of quantum dots into optical nanostructures. For the analysis and design of such structures and their interaction with radiation emitted by the quantum dots, numerical modeling and simulations are essential. In this project we concentrate on the specific problems arising when pointlike sources like quantum dots are interacting with nanostructures which support optical resonances. We plan to develop, extend and analyze methods for efficiently simulating coupling to optical resonators with material dispersion and for methods for handling coupled resonators.


Projects as a member

  • SE6

    Plasmonic concepts for solar fuel generation

    Prof. Dr. Rupert Klein / Prof. Dr. Frank Schmidt

    Project heads: Prof. Dr. Rupert Klein / Prof. Dr. Frank Schmidt
    Project members: Dr. Sven Burger / Dr. Martin Hammerschmidt
    Duration: -
    Status: completed
    Located at: Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum für Informationstechnik Berlin


    Artificial photosynthesis and water splitting, i.e. the sustainable production of chemical fuels like hydrogen and carbohydrates from water and carbon dioxide, has the potential to store the abundance of solar energy that reaches the earth in chemical bonds. Fundamental in this process is the conversion of electromagnetic energy. In photoelectrochemical water splitting semiconductor materials are employed to generate electron hole pairs with sufficient energy to drive the electrochemical reactions. In this project we investigate the use of metallic nanoparticles to excite plasmonic resonances by means of numerical simulations. These resonances localize electromagnetic nearfields which is beneficial for the electrochemical reactions. We develop electromagnetic models and numerical methods to facilite in depth analysis of these processes in close contact with our collaboration partners within the ECMath and the joint lab ``Berlin Joint Lab for Optical Simulation for renewable Energy research'' (BerOSE) between the ZIB, FU and HZB.


Projects as a guest