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:
J. Zirkelbach, M. Mirzaei, I. Deperasińska, B. Kozankiewicz, B. Gürlek, A. Shkarin, T. Utikal, S. Götzinger and V. Sandoghdar High-resolution vibronic spectroscopy of a single molecule embedded in a crystal Preprint: https://arxiv.org/abs/2112.04806 (2021)
A. Shkarin, D. Rattenbacher, J. Renger, S. Hönl, T. Utikal, P. Seidler, S. Götzinger, and V. 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)
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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