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Afstuderen (MSc) 2017 bij Philips Research

Location: Multiphysics and Optics group, Philips Research, Eindhoven

Vakgroep: LPNO, Klaus Boller

Subject: Calibration system for a particle detection sensor

Contact names: Hans Spruit,, Tel 040-2792110

Alexander van de Lee,, 040-2793267


We are working on an optical air quality sensor. This detects small particles present in the air, the so-called PM2.5 value. This system is based on optical scattering of light from the particles.

For calibration purposes it is needed to understand well the response of the sensor for different particle sizes. It is difficult to control the particles in the air. To circumvent this a special test disc was made with small pits as artificial particles. The question is how well such a test disc is suited for characterization of the particle sensor.

Research & development:

– Develop experimental method to measure and characterize artificial “particle” signals and compare these with airborne particle signals

– Theoretical understanding of the measured signals

– Optimization of the particle test disc.

– Report on the work done with conclusions and recommendations

For this work we are looking for a student having affinity with optics, both experimentally and theoretically. A graduation assignment (6-9 month period) is preferred. A standard compensation for room rental is offered.

The Global Science Course (GSC)

2017 Online Application Period: From 10th January to 7th April.

GSC is an undergraduate transfer program that was designed to enhance cross-cultural interactions among young minds and foster the next generation of leaders in science. Students study alongside current UTokyo students in an all-English and research-focused academic environment, which includes rotations in world-renowned laboratories. Successful applicants to this program are also provided a monthly scholarship alongside fully supported accommodation. This is an invaluable opportunity for those looking to expand their worldviews and experience something unique during their time as an undergraduate student specializing in the sciences.

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Master School on New Frontiers in Optical Trapping and Optical Manipulation

3-7 July 2017, ICFO, Barcelona, Spain. Deadline for Applications: Friday 28 April 2017

Nearly 40 years after the seminal work by Arthur Ashkin, Optical trapping and manipulation has become a transversal enabling tool involved in many aspects of Science, from fundamental Physics to Biology. This new edition of the ICFO School on the Frontiers of Light, will introduce the students to the physics of optical forces and the principal current trends in the field, including statistical physics, opto-mechanics, biophysics and soft matter. The school agenda includes pedagogical lectures on selected topics, research seminars, group discussion sessions, and lab tours and is ideally designed for master-level students and beginners in the field. The school will be complemented by a one-day symposium which will bring together worldwide experts from different communities who will present some of the main emerging trends.

The school will include 4 days of lectures from 3-6 July, followed by a scientific symposium on Friday 7 July with invited talks from leading international researchers.

Lecturers & Topics:

ICFO Schools on the Frontiers of Light aim at giving talented young researchers masters students worldwide a first introduction to a thematic research area and their first taste of an international research environment. These schools incorporate a dynamic and social learning environment beyond participating in lectures, including group discussions, direct interactions with the lecturers, student talks, poster presentations, and visits to labs. ICFO Schools are open to a limited number of students, selected on the basis of academic merit.

International Travel Fellowships are available to outstanding applicants from around the world to attend ICFO Schools.

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