Dr. Tobias Utikal

  • Wissenschaftlicher Referent (Research Coordinator)
  • Room: A.3.232
  • Telephone: +49 9131 7133316
  • E-mail

My research interest ranges from cryogenic Nano-Quantum-Optics with single emitters to Nano-Bio-Photonics using iSCAT microscopy. As research coordinator of the division I am involved in many research projects pushing the experiments forward, coordinating resources, and preserving the knowledge in the group. In various exploratory side-projects I am breaking new ground for future experiments.

I am always interested in the latest technology developments of narrow-band lasers, cryogenics, nano-positioning, microscopy at and beyond the diffraction limit, single photon detectors, and scientific cameras.

List of publications:

  • A. Shkarin, D. Rattenbacher, J. Renger, S. Hönl, T. Utikal, P. Seidler, S. Götzinger, and Vahid Sandoghdar
    Nanoscopic charge fluctuations in a gallium phosphide waveguide measured by single molecules
    Physical Review Letters 126, 133602 (2021)

  • J. Zirkelbach, B. Gmeiner, J. Renger, P. Türschmann, T. Utikal, S. Götzinger, and V. Sandoghdar
    Partial cloaking of a gold particle by a single molecule
    Physical Review Letters 125, 103603 (2020)

  • D. Rattenbacher, A. Shkarin, J. Renger, T. Utikal, S. Götzinger, and V. Sandoghdar
    Coherent coupling of single molecules to on-chip ring resonators
    New Journal of Physics 21, 062002 (2019)

  • D. Wang, H. Kelkar, D. Martin-Cano, D. Rattenbacher, A. Shkarin, T. Utikal, S. Götzinger, and V. Sandoghdar
    Turning a molecule into a coherent two-level system
    Nature Physics 15, 483 (2019)

  • P. Türschmann, N. Rotenberg, J. Renger, I. Harder, O. Lohse, T. Utikal, S. Götzinger, and V. Sandoghdar
    Chip-Based All-Optical Control of Single Molecules Coherently Coupled to a Nanoguide
    Nano Letters 7, 4941 (2017)
  • D. Wang, H. Kelkar, D.-M. Cano, T. Utikal, S. Götzinger, and V. Sandoghdar
    Coherent coupling of a single molecule to a scanning Fabry-Perot microcavity
    Physical Review. X 7, 021014 (2017)
  • B. Gmeiner, A. Maser, T. Utikal, S. Götzinger, and V. Sandoghdar
    Spectroscopy and microscopy of single molecules in nanoscopic channels:
    spectral behavior vs. confinement depth
    Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 18, 19588 (2016)
  • A. Maser, B. Gmeiner, T. Utikal, S. Götzinger, and V. Sandoghdar
    Few-Photon coherent nonlinear optics with a single molecule
    Nature Photonics 10, 450 (2016)
  • E. Eichhammer, T. Utikal, S. Götzinger, and V. Sandoghdar
    Excitation of single rare-earth ions in a crystal via two intrashell transitions
    New Journal of Physics 17, 083018 (2015)
  • T.Utikal, E. Eichhammer, L. Petersen, A. Renn, S. Götzinger, and V. Sandoghdar
    Spectroscopic detection and state preparation of a single praseodymium ion in a crystal
    Nature Communications 5, 3627 (2014)
  • M. Hentschel, T.Utikal, H. Giessen und M. Lippitz
    Quantitative modeling of the third harmonic emission spectrum of plasmonic nanoantennas
    Nano Letters 12, 3778 (2012)
  • T. Utikal, M. Hentschel, and H. Giessen
    Nonlinear photonics with metallic nanostructures on top of dielectric waveguides
    Applied Physics B 105, 51 (2011)
  • T. Utikal, T. Zentgraf, S. G. Tikhodeev, M. Lippitz, and H. Giessen
    Tailoring the photonic band splitting in metallo-dielectric photonic crystal superlattices
    Physical Review B 84, 075101 (2011)
  • T.Utikal, T. Zentgraf, T. Paul, C. Rockstuhl, F. Lederer, M. Lippitz, and H. Giessen
    Towards the origin of the nonlinear response in hybrid plasmonic systems
    Physical Review Letters 106, 133901 (2011)
  • D. H. Chae*, T. Utikal*, S. Weisenburger, H. Giessen, K. v. Klitzing, M. Lippitz, and J. Smet
    Excitonic Fano resonances in freestanding graphene
    Nano Letters 11, 1379 (2011) (* these authors contributed equally)
  • M. Geiselmann, T.Utikal, M. Lippitz, and H. Giessen
    Tailoring the ultrafast dynamics of the magnetic mode in magnetic photonic crystals
    Physical Review. B 81, 235101 (2010)
  • T.Utikal, M. I. Stockman, A. P. Heberle, M. Lippitz, and H. Giessen
    All-optical control of the ultrafast dynamics of a hybrid plasmonic system
    Physical Review Letters 104, 113903 (2010)
  • T. Utikal, T. Zentgraf, J. Kuhl, and H. Giessen
    Dynamics and dephasing of plasmon polaritons in metallic photonic crystal superlattices: Time- and frequency-resolved nonlinear autocorrelation measurements and simulations
    Physical Review B 76, 245107 (2007)

Book chapters:

  • D. Wolf, D.-H. Chae, T. Utikal, P. Herlinger, J. Smet, H. Giessen, and M. Lippitz
    Spectroscopy of Graphene at the Saddle Point
    Optical Properties of Graphene, Rolf Binder (ed.), World Scientific, 2017
  • T. Utikal, E. Eichhammer, B. Gmeiner, A. Maser, D. Wang, P. Türschmann, H. Kelkar, N. Rotenberg,
    S. Götzinger, and V. Sandoghdar
    Nano Quantum Optics
    MPG Yearbook 2016, DOI: 10.17617/1.13
  • M. Hentschel, T. Utikal, B. Metzger, H. Giessen, and M. Lippitz
    Nonlinear Plasmon Optics
    Progress in Nonlinear Nano-Optics, Rüdiger Grunwald (ed.), Springer, 2014

Tobias Utikal studied Physics at University of Bonn from 2001 to 2007. For his Diploma thesis on “Ultrafast Spectroscopy of Metallic Photonic Crystals” he moved to University of Stuttgart where he worked in the group of Prof. Harald Giessen. The following PhD thesis on “Ultrafast Nonlinear Spectroscopy of Hybrid Plasmonic Systems” he partially conducted at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart. In 2011 he joined the Group of Prof. Vahid Sandoghdar at ETH Zurich as a postdoc. After the move of the group to the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL) in Erlangen he became a permanent senior scientist and is acting as research coordinator of the division. In his function as safety officer he is member of the work safety council of the institute. Tobias has been elected as the scientific staff representative of MPL from 2015 – 2021.

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