Prof. Dr. Menno Poot


Quantum Technologies

Academic Career and Research Areas

Professor Poot (b. 1982) leads a research group which focuses on quantum technologies. His research interests include studying the dynamics of nanomechanical resonators at extremely low temperatures, just a few thousandths of a degree above absolute zero. At such temperatures, resonators are in their quantum ground state and their behavior can be probed using extremely sensitive optomechnical techniques. Professor Poot’s research group also looks at integrated quantum optics. Here, photonic chips are made with functionality to generate, manipulate, and detect single photons. The flexible platform which Professor Poot developed uses opto-electromechanical devices to control the path which photons take, as well as superconducting single-photon detectors.

Professor Poot studied Applied Physics at TU Delft in the Netherlands and obtained his PhD at the university’s Kavli Institute of Nanoscience. Before joining TUM, he was a Rubicon Fellow at the department of Electrical Engineering at Yale University (U.S.A.). In May 2017, Professor Poot was appointed Rudolph Mößbauer Professor at the Physics Department of TUM.


    • NWO “Rubicon” postdoctoral fellowship (2010)
    • “P-in-1” scholarship from TU Delft (2001)
    • CIVI award for the best first-year student in Applied Physics at TU Delft (2001)
    • “Sterbeurs” scholarship for outstanding students awarded by TU Delft (2000)

    Schuck C, Guo X, Fan L, Ma X, Poot M, and Tang HX: „Quantum interference in heterogeneous superconducting-photonic circuits on a silicon chip“. Nature Commun. 2016; 7: 10352.


    Poot M, van der Zant HSJ: „Mechanical systems in the quantum regime“. Phys. Rep. 2012; 511(5): 273-335.


    Bagheri M, Poot M, Li M, Pernice WPH, and Tang HX: „Dynamic manipulation of nanomechanical resonators in the high-amplitude regime and non-volatile mechanical memory operation“. Nature Nanotech. 2011; 6(11): 726-732.


    Poot M, Etaki S, Mahboob I, Onomitsu K, Yamaguchi H, Blanter YaM, and van der Zant HSJ: „Tunable backaction of a dc SQUID on an integrated micromechanical resonator“. Phys. Rev. Lett. 2010; 105(20): 207203-1 – 207203-4.


    Poot, M, van der Zant, HSJ: „Nanomechanical properties of few-layer graphene membranes“. Appl. Phys. Lett. 2008; 92(6): 063111-1 - 063111-3.