Prof. Dr. Jonathan Finley



Academic Career and Research Areas

The focus of Professor Finley’s research is investigating coherent and quantum physical phenomena in nanostructured materials and components based on semiconducting and metallic systems. His group uses laser spectroscopy to study and verify quantum mechanical, optical and quantum optical phenomena in nanostructured solid-state materials of this sort. Such hybrid systems, consisting of semiconductors and nanophotonic materials, are the starting point for future applications in information processing, energy storage and solar power.  

Professor Finley (b. 1972) completed his study of physics at the University of Manchester (UK) (1989-1993) and was awarded a doctorate at the University of Sheffield (UK) (1993-1997). This was followed by a Royal Society Fellowship at the Walter Schottky Institute of TUM. He has held the positions of University Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield (UK) (1999-2000) and Visiting Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics (2002-2003). Professor Finley has been Director of the Nanostructure Photonics Group from 2003 to 2013. Since 2013, he has held the chair of Semiconductor Quantum Nanosystems.


  • ISCS Young Scientist Prize (2008)
  • DPG Walter Schottky Preis für Festkörperforschung (2007)
  • Royal Society (London) Junior Fellowship (1998)
  • Max Planck Society Research Fellowship (2002)
  • University of Manchester Prize for Physics (1990,1991,1992,1993)

Kroutvar M et al.: "An Optically Programmable Spin Memory". Nature. 2004; 432: 81-84.


Fry P. et al.: "Inverted electron-hole alignment in InAs-GaAs self-assembled quantum dots ".  Phys. Rev. Lett. 2000; 84: 733. 


Laucht A. et al.: "Dephasing of Exciton Polaritons in Photoexcited InGaAs Quantum Dots in GaAs Nanocavities".  Phys Rev. Lett. 2009; 103, 087405.


Krenner HJ et al.: "Optically Probing Spin and Charge Interactions in a Tunable Artificial Molecule". Phys. Rev. Lett. 2006; 97: 076403.


Krenner HJ et al:  "Direct Observation of Controlled Coupling in an Individual Quantum Dot Molecule". Phys. Rev. Lett. 2005; 94: 057402.