Lyuba Amitonova starts a new group on Nanoscale Imaging and Metrology

Published on October 1, 2019
Category Nanoscale Imaging and Metrology

As of October 1, Lyuba Amitonova has been appointed as a tenure-track group leader at ARCNL. Earlier this year, she has been awarded a WISE grant from NWO supporting her tenure-track position. Amitonova will lead a research program aimed to develop new concepts for ultra-fast nanoimaging and metrology.

The Nanoscale Imaging and Metrology group focuses on the advanced imaging, sensing and metrology tools. The ultimate goal is imaging beyond the limits. To make this possible the researchers are developing new label-free far-field imaging techniques with a spatial resolution beyond the Abbe (diffraction) limit and temporal resolution beyond the Nyquist limit. This will enable fast and accurate characterization of 3D multi-layer nanostructures and pave the way for better metrology tools for tomorrow’s nanolithography. The group’s research connects several modern and dynamic scientific fields: computational imaging, complex wavefront shaping, compressive sensing, endo-microscopy and optical metrology.

Lyuba Amitonova received her PhD from the Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia) in 2013. Her work was focused on neurophotonics – new optical methods to study and control the brain. As a postdoc, she worked at the Russian National Research Center “Kurchatov Institute” developing new endoscopic methods for in vivo bioimaging.

Soon after, she started as a postdoc at University of Twente where she worked on advanced manipulation and propagation of light and successfully applied wavefront shaping for imaging, endoscopy, and quantum communication. In 2017 she received a NWO veni-grant and moved to the VU University, where she developed new methods of super-resolution endo-microscopy.