Optical Simulations

Optical Simulations

Bringing together the multitude of optical simulations in the diverse QuantumFrontiers research environment.


  • 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.

Scientific Output

  • Publications

    Hartig MS, Schuster S, Heinzel G, Wanner G. Non-geometric tilt-to-length coupling in precision interferometry: mechanisms and analytical descriptions. Journal of Optics (United Kingdom). 2023 May;25(5):055601. Epub 2023 Apr 6. doi: 10.1088/2040-8986/acc3ac

    Armano M, Audley H, Baird J, Binetruy P, Born M, Bortoluzzi D et al. Sensor noise in LISA Pathfinder: An extensive in-flight review of the angular and longitudinal interferometric measurement system. Physical Review D. 2022 Oct 3;106(8). doi: 10.1103/PhysRevD.106.082001

    Borchert MJ, Devlin JA, Erlewein SR, Fleck M, Harrington JA, Higuchi T et al. A 16-parts-per-trillion measurement of the antiproton-to-proton charge–mass ratio. NATURE. 2022 Jan 6;601(7891):53-57. Epub 2022 Jan 5. doi: 10.1038/s41586-021-04203-w

    Hao Z-X, Haase T, Jin H-B, Tao Y-Z, Wanner G, Wu R-X et al. Spot size estimation of flat-top beams in space-based gravitational wave detectors. International Journal of Modern Physics D. 2022 Dec 23;32(1):2250134. doi: 10.48550/arXiv.2210.00509, 10.1142/S0218271822501346

    Hartig M-S, Schuster S, Wanner G. Geometric tilt-to-length coupling in precision interferometry: mechanisms and analytical descriptions. Journal of Optics. 2022 May 5;24(6):065601. doi: 10.1088/2040-8986/ac675e

    Neto LS, Dickmann J, Kroker S. Deep learning assisted design of high reflectivity metamirrors. Optics express. 2022 Jan 3;30(2):986-994. doi: 10.1364/OE.446442

    Amaro-Seoane P, Bischof L, Carter JJ, Hartig MS, Wilken D. LION: Laser interferometer on the moon. Classical and quantum gravity. 2021 Jun;38(12):125008. Epub 2021 May 24. doi: 10.1088/1361-6382/abf441

    Cao X, Yang J, Li P, Zhang Y, Rugeramigabo EP, Brechtken B et al. Single photon emission from ODT passivated near-surface GaAs quantum dots. Applied physics letters. 2021 Jun 2;118(22):221107. doi: 10.1063/5.0046042

    Gebbe M, Siemß J-N, Gersemann M, Müntinga H, Herrmann S, Lämmerzahl C et al. Twin-lattice atom interferometry. Nature Communications. 2021 May 5;12(1):2544. doi: 10.1038/s41467-021-22823-8

    Hartig M-S. Approximation of Gaussian Curvature by the Angular Defect: An Error Analysis. MATHEMATICAL AND COMPUTATIONAL APPLICATIONS. 2021 Feb 9;26(1):15. doi: 10.3390/mca26010015

    Kermarrec G, Lösler M, Hartmann J. Analysis of the temporal correlations of TLS range observations from plane fitting residuals. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. 2021 Jan;171:119-132. Epub 2020 Nov 26. doi: 10.15488/11164, 10.1016/j.isprsjprs.2020.10.012

    Kermarrec G, Hartmann J. Characterization of the optical encoder angular noise from terrestrial laser scanners. Optics express. 2021 May 24;29(11):17011-17022. Epub 2021 May 18. doi: 10.1364/OE.422735

    Lachmann MD, Ahlers H, Becker D, Dinkelaker AN, Grosse J, Hellmig O et al. Ultracold atom interferometry in space. Nature Communications. 2021 Dec;12(1):1317. Epub 2021 Feb 26. doi: 10.1038/s41467-021-21628-z

    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;21(1):164. Epub 2020 Dec 29. doi: 10.3390/s21010164

    Yang J, Zopf M, Li P, Sharma NL, Nie W, Benthin F et al. Limits for quantum networks with semiconductor entangled photon sources. 2021 Sep 14. Epub 2021 Sep 14. doi: 10.48550/arXiv.2109.06742

    Booker P, de Varona O, Steinke M, Weßels P, Neumann J, Kracht D. Experimental and numerical study of interlock requirements for high-power EYDFAs. Optics Express. 2020 Oct 12;28(21):31480-31486. doi: 10.1364/OE.405812

    Bruns F, Vyatchanin SP, Dickmann J, Glaser R, Heinert D, Nawrodt R et al. Thermal charge carrier driven noise in transmissive semiconductor optics. Physical Review D. 2020 Jul 15;102(2):022006. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevD.102.022006

    Evlyukhin AB, Matiushechkina M, Zenin VA, Heurs M, Chichkov B. Lightweight metasurface mirror of silicon nanospheres [Invited]. Optical materials express. 2020 Sep 30;10(10):2706-2716. doi: 10.1364/OME.409311, 10.15488/11391

    Hurtado CBR, Dickmann J, Bruns FF, Siefke T, Kroker S. Bound states in the continuum for optomechanical light control with dielectric metasurfaces. Optics express. 2020 Jul 6;28(14):20106-20116. Epub 2020 Jun 24. doi: 10.1364/OE.392782

    Kaseberg T, Siefke T, Kroker S, Bodermann B. Inverted plasmonic lens design for nanometrology applications. Measurement science and technology. 2020 Jul;31(7):074013. doi: 10.1088/1361-6501/ab7e6b

    Ulbricht S, Dickmann J, Müller RA, Kroker S, Surzhykov A. Gravitational light deflection in Earth-based laser cavity experiments. Physical Review D. 2020 Jun 15;101(12):121501. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevD.101.121501

    Weituschat LM, Dickmann W, Guimbao J, Ramos D, Kroker S, Postigo PA. Photonic and thermal modelling of microrings in silicon, diamond and GaN for temperature sensing. Nanomaterials. 2020 May;10(5):934. doi: 10.3390/nano10050934

    Yang J, Nawrath C, Keil R, Joos R, Zhang X, Höfer B et al. Quantum dot-based broadband optical antenna for efficient extraction of single photons in the telecom O-band. Optics express. 2020 Jun 22;28(13):19457-19468. Epub 2020 Jun 17. doi: 10.1364/OE.395367

    Yang J, Zopf M, Ding F. Strain tunable quantum dot based non-classical photon sources. Journal of Semiconductors. 2020 Jan;41(1):011901. doi: 10.1088/1674-4926/41/1/011901

    Cao X, Zopf M, Ding F. Telecom wavelength single photon sources. Journal of Semiconductors. 2019;40(7). doi: 10.1088/1674-4926/40/7/071901

    Dickmann W, Dickmann J, Bruns FF, Kroker S. Key signal contributions in photothermal deflection spectroscopy. Journal of applied physics. 2019 Jul 14;126(2):025106. doi: 10.1063/1.5098304

    Zopf M, Keil R, Chen Y, Yang J, Chen D, Ding F et al. Entanglement Swapping with Semiconductor-Generated Photons Violates Bell's Inequality. Physical review letters. 2019 Oct 18;123(16):160502. Epub 2019 Oct 14. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.123.160502, 10.15488/5545

TG Members

  • Involved Members and their Relevant Expertise
    Members Institution Relevant Expertise
    Gudrun Wanner AEI Optical Simulations; Space based gravitational wave detection; Precision Interferometry
    Gerhard Heinzel AEI Laser Gradiometers; Optical Simulations
    Marie-Sophie Hartig AEI Optical simulations; Space-based gravitational wave detection; Optical Cross Talk
    Megha Dave AEI Optical simulations; Space-based gravitational wave detection; Diffraction; Optical Cross Talk
    Rodrigo García Álvarez AEI Optical simulations; Space-based gravitational wave detection; Imaging Optics
    Kevin Weber AEI Wavefront characterization; Effect of wavefront characteristics on space interferometry
    Tim Haase AEI Optical Simulations; IfoCAD; Source Code Management (Git/GitLab)
    Harald Lück AEI Next Generation Gravitational Wave Observatories; Sub-Standard Quantum Limit Interferometry
    Guido Müller AEI  
    David Wu AEI Ground based gravitational wave detectors; Sub-standard quantum limit interferometry; Optical simulations; Noise modelling
    Vitali Müller AEI Laser Ranging Intererometry for Gravimetric Missions, GRACE Follow-On Data Analysis,  Optical Simulations
    Michèle Heurs AEI Sub-Standard Quantum Limit Interferometry; Non-classical Light; Interferometric Gravitational Wave Detection; Backaction-evading Techniques; Quantum Optomechanics
    Mariia Matiushechkina AEI Micro-optomechanical resonators; Scattering processes in metamaterial structure; Optical vortex beam
    Gael Kermarrec LUH / GIH Terrestrial Laser Scanner; atmospheric correlation;
    Boris Chichkov LUH / IQ Nanoscale Materials Processing
    Ernst M. Rasel LUH / IQ Quantum Gravimeters; Atom-Chip Based Gravimeters and Inertial Sensors
    Kai Frye LUH / IQ Ultracold atoms; Atom interferometry
    Naceur Gaaloul LUH / IQ Quantum Gases, Atom Interferometry; Inertial Sensing; Atom-Light Interactions
    Gabriel Müller LUH / IQ Atom Interferometry; Atom-Chip simulations; Atom-light interactions
    Stefan Seckmeyer LUH / IQ Atom Interferometry; Atom-Light Interactions; Wavefront Aberrations
    Fei Ding LUH / FKP semiconductor optical structures
    Jingzhong Yang LUH / FKP Nano- and Micro- structure simulation; optical simulation; Quantum optics; Semiconductor
    Chenxi Ma LUH / FKP Quantum dot based single photon emitter; Lumerical FDTD
    Constantin Schmidt LUH / FKP  Semiconductor waveguides, nanofabrication; optical simulations (Lumerical)
    Carl-Frederik Grimpe LUH / FKP Quantum dot based single photon emitter; Circular Bragg Gratings; Ansys Lumerical FDTD
    Dietmar Kracht LZH Advanced Light Sources; Precision Additive Manufacturing of Quantum Sensors; High power solid-state single frequency amplifiers
    Peter Weßels LZH Advanced Light Sources, Laser Development for next-generation GWDs
    Phillip Booker LZH Fiber amplifier development for next-generation GWDs; Numerical simulations of optical amplifiers or waveguide structures
    Alexander Kuhl PTB Optical Clock Networks; Free-Space Frequency Transfer
    Daniele Nicolodi PTB  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 Waterholter PTB Optical Clock Networks; Frequency Transfer Techniques
    Stefanie Kroker PTB / TUBS Waveguides and Waveguide Arrays, Optical and Optomechanical Metasurfaces, Machine Learning, Multiphysics Simulations, Multiscale Aspects 
    Anastasiia Sorokina TUBS Optical simulations, waveguides, light-outcoupling systems, optics for ion traps quantum computers
    Liam Shelling-Neto TUBS Metasurfaces, Machine Learning, Ultrafast Surface Dynamics, Electron Diffraction
    Mayra Garcés-Schröder TUBS Light/particle interaction at the micro and nano scale; Light emission from micro LEDs; Microlens simulation;
    Vladislav Agluschewitsch TUBS Light/particle interaction at the micro and nano scale; Light emission from micro LEDs; Microlens simulation;
    Zhe Liu TUBS Lumerical FDTD; electron energy loss spectrum; plasmon mode excitation of nanoparticles