ForschungTopical Groups
Optical Simulations

Optical Simulations


  • Networking on the topic of optical simulations, i.e. exchange on simulation tasks and methods, professional software and self-written algorithms, limitations and current work on pushing boundaries, on ways to improve precision and speed of an algorithm, and of course scientific findings.
  • Regular video conferences where members can introduce their work, used methods, obstacles in current tasks, and findings.


  • Optical simulations in a multitude of different backgrounds and applications.


Hartig M-S. Approximation of Gaussian Curvature by the Angular Defect: An Error Analysis. MATHEMATICAL AND COMPUTATIONAL APPLICATIONS. 2021 Mär;26(1). doi.org/10.3390/mca26010015

Meshksar N, Mehmet M, Isleif KS, Heinzel G. Applying differential wave-front sensing and differential power sensing for simultaneous precise and wide-range test-mass rotation measurements. Sensors (Switzerland). 2021 Jan 1;21(1):1-11. 164. doi.org/10.3390/s21010164

Involved QF Members
Members Institution Relevant Expertise
Gudrun Wanner, LeaderAEIOptical Simulations; Space based gravitational wave detection; Precision Interferometry
Gerhard HeinzelAEILaser Gradiometers; Optical Simulations
Marie-Sophie HartigAEIOptical simulations; Space-based gravitational wave detection; Optical Cross Talk
Megha DaveAEIOptical simulations; Space-based gravitational wave detection; Diffraction; Optical Cross Talk
Rodrigo García ÁlvarezAEIOptical simulations; Space-based gravitational wave detection; Imaging Optics
Tim HaaseAEIOptical Simulations; IfoCAD; Source Code Management (Git/GitLab)
Harald LückAEINext Generation Gravitational Wave Observatories; Sub-Standard Quantum Limit Interferometry
Sean LeaveyAEIOptical and electrical simulations; Ground-based gravitational wave detection; Sub-standard quantum limit interferometry
Vitali MüllerAEILaser Ranging Intererometry for Gravimetric Missions, GRACE Follow-On Data Analysis,  Optical Simulations
Michèle HeursAEISub-Standard Quantum Limit Interferometry; Non-classical Light; Interferometric Gravitational Wave Detection; Backaction-evading Techniques; Quantum Optomechanics
Mariia MatiushechkinaAEIMicro-optomechanical resonators; Scattering processes in metamaterial structure; Optical vortex beam
David WuAEIGround based gravitational wave detectors; Sub-standard quantum limit interferometry; Optical simulations; Noise modelling
Gael KermarrecLUH / GIHTerrestrial Laser Scanner; atmospheric correlation;
Boris ChichkovLUH / IQNanoscale Materials Processing
Ernst M. RaselLUH / IQQuantum Gravimeters; Atom-Chip Based Gravimeters and Inertial Sensors
Kai FryeLUH / IQUltracold atoms; Atom interferometry
Naceur GaaloulLUH / IQQuantum Gases, Atom Interferometry; Inertial Sensing; Atom-Light Interactions
Stefan SeckmeyerLUH / IQAtom Interferometry; Atom-Light Interactions; Wavefront Aberrations
Fei DingLUH / FKPsemiconductor optical structures
Jingzhong YangLUH / FKPNano- and Micro- structure simulation; optical simulation; Quantum optics; Semiconductor
Chenxi MaLUH / FKPQuantum dot based single photon emitter; Lumerical FDTD
Constantin SchmidtLUH / FKP Semiconductor waveguides, nanofabrication; optical simulations (Lumerical)
Carl-Frederik GrimpeLUH / FKPQuantum dot based single photon emitter; Circular Bragg Gratings; Ansys Lumerical FDTD
Dietmar KrachtLZHAdvanced Light Sources; Precision Additive Manufacturing of Quantum Sensors; High power solid-state single frequency amplifiers
Peter WeßelsLZHAdvanced Light Sources, Laser Development for next-generation GWDs
Sergii IakushevLZHLaser Development and Stabilisation for next-generation GWDs
Alexander KuhlPTBOptical Clock Networks; Free-Space Frequency Transfer
Daniele NicolodiPTB space based interferometric GW detectors; optical frequency combs; optical frequency stability transfer;   photonic ultra-stable microwave generation; optical lattice clocks; ultra-stable optical resonators
Thomas WaterholterPTBOptical Clock Networks; Frequency Transfer Techniques
Stefanie KrokerPTB / TUBSWaveguides and Waveguide Arrays, Optical and Optomechanical Metasurfaces, Machine Learning, Multiphysics Simulations, Multiscale Aspects 
Anastasiia SorokinaTUBSOptical simulations, waveguides, light-outcoupling systems, optics for ion traps quantum computers
Liam Shelling-NetoTUBSMetasurfaces, Machine Learning, Ultrafast Surface Dynamics, Electron Diffraction
Mayra Garcés-SchröderTUBSLight/particle interaction at the micro and nano scale; Light emission from micro LEDs; Microlens simulation;
Vladislav AgluschewitschTUBSLight/particle interaction at the micro and nano scale; Light emission from micro LEDs; Microlens simulation;
Zhe LiuTUBSLumerical FDTD; electron energy loss spectrum; plasmon mode excitation of nanoparticles