Welcome to the homepage of the Computational Nano Optics research group at Zuse Institute Berlin!

 CNO group at ZIB

The main focus in our research group is on investigation and application of numerical methods for simulating light-matter interactions on the nanoscale. An emphasis of research is on adaptive finite-element methods for solving Maxwell's equations. These developments are strongly interlinked to various collaborations with partners from academic, fundamental research and with partners from the industry.

Group members

(See staff list on the right hand side of this page.) Our interdisciplinary group is composed from mathematicians, physicists and engineers. The computational nano optics group includes several guests from JCMwave and from Helmholtz Center Berlin.

Annual Workshop "Photonic Devices"

The topics of our annual meeting are the simulation, physical properties and deeper understanding of novel photonic devices. Please see here for more information. Please subscribe here to the mailing list.


(See research project list on the right hand side of this page.)

  • On the numerical side, our research includes h- and p-adaptive higher-order finite-element methods, reduced basis methods, and application of methods for design optimization and parameter retrieval.
  • On the nano optical application side, our research includes metamaterials, optical chirality, plasmonics, nano-structured fibers, photovoltaics, optical nano-metrology, design of light emitting devices like nano-lasers and quantum dot based devices.


The CNO group is part of the following collaborative projects (as partners or researchers), with funding from DFG, Einstein Foundation, EU, BMBF:


(See publication lists on the ZIB Numerical Mathematics page, on the project pages and on the staff member papes.)

Collaboration partners (in current and recent projects)

  • Technical University of Berlin (SFB 787, AG Reitzenstein, AG Petermann)
  • Humboldt University Berlin (AG Benson, AG Busch)
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, KIT (AG Wegener, AG Rockstuhl)
  • Friedrich-Schiller University Jena (AG Pertsch)
  • ETH Zurich (OMEL / D.J. Norris)
  • Technical University of Denmark (DTU Fotonik / N. Gregersen)
  • Physikalisch Technische Bundesanstalt Berlin und Braunschweig (F. Scholze, B. Bodermann, M. Bär)
  • Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (C. Becker, B. Rech)
  • Weierstrass-Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics (A. Mielke, U. Bandelow)
  • Louisiana State University (AG K. McPeak)
  • Max Born Institute (AG Steinmeyer)
  • JCMwave GmbH

Former group members

  • Jan Pomplun
  • Fridtjof Betz
  • Phillip Manley
  • Raquel Mäusle
  • Duote Chen
  • Benjamin Wohlfeil
  • Mark Blome
  • Daniel Lockau
  • Maria Rozova
  • Kiran Hiremath
  • Therese Blome geb. Pollok
  • Benjamin Kettner
  • Achim Schädle