Dr. Thilo Stöferle has been a Research Staff Member at the IBM Research – Zurich Laboratory since August 2007.
He originally joined the Zurich Lab in 2006 as a post-doctoral research fellow in the Exploratory Photonics group, where he worked mainly on organic lasing, quantum dot / polymer hybrid material and silicon photonic devices.
His current research interests are Bose-Einstein condensates with exciton-polaritons, integrated high Q/V cavities, nanophotonic lasers and switches. Another focus is on hybrid nanocomposite quantum materials for opto-electronic applications.
Thilo Stöferle studied physics at the University of Heidelberg and obtained his Master's degree (Diplom) on atomic beam experiments of adsorbate systems in 2001. In 2005, he received a PhD degree for his work on atomic quantum gases in optical lattices at the ETH Zurich in the quantum optics group of Prof. T. Esslinger. In his experimental work, Dr. Stöferle created new states of quantum matter in artificial crystals made of laser light, demonstrating effects of dimensionality and reaching into the strongly correlated regime.
- 2006: Dimitris N. Chorafas award
- 2005: Medal of ETH Zurich