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Associate Professor in Applied Physics, Department of Imaging Science and Technology, TU Delft





Permanent position at the Optics Research Group. Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands


Post-doc, Leiden University, The Netherlands


Humboldt Fellow, University of Constance, Germany




PhD Physics: Quantum fluctuations in nonlinear processes, University of Texas, USA


MSc Physics, University of Campinas, Brazil


Key Publications

  1. Realization of the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen Paradox for Continuous Variables, Z. Y. Ou, S. F. Pereira, H. J. Kimble, K. C. Peng, Phys. Rev. Lett. 68, 3663 (1992).
  2. Backaction Evading Measurements for Quantum Nondemolition Detection and Quantum Optical Tapping'', S. F. Pereira, Z. Y. Ou, and H. J. Kimble, Phys. Rev. Lett. 72, 214 (1994).
  3. Quantum Statistics of the Squeezed Vacuum by Measurement of the Density Matrix in the Number State Representation, S. Schiller, G. Breitenbach, S. F. Pereira, T. Muller, and J. Mlynek, Phys. Rev. Lett. 77, 2933 (1996).
  4. Calculation of the Vectorial Field Distribution in a Stratified Focal Region of a High Numerical Aperture Imaging System, A. S. van de Nes, L. Billy, S. F. Pereira, and J. J. M. Braat, Opt. Expr.12, 1281 (2004).
  5. Performance analysis of coherent Fourier scaterrometry, Applied Physics B, 105, 775  (2011).
  6. Applications of microsolid immersion lens as probe for near field microscopy, A.C. Assafrao et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 104, 101101 (2014).
  7. Nanostep height measurement via spatial mode projection, N. Hermosa et al., Opt. Lett. 39, 299 (2014).
  8. Radially polarized light for detection and nanolocalisation of dielectric particles on a planar substrate, Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 103903 (2015).

Research interests

High resolution optical imaging with applications in optical metrology, optical inspection of surfaces for lithography and plastic electronics applications.

Role in training and education activities

has been co-supervisor of 10 PhD students. She has taught  BSc  (Optics, Quantum mechanics, Physics of daily life, Microscopy) and MSc  (Imaging systems, Quantum electronics and quantum optics) courses.


Selected awards and other honours

  • Recipient of the “Stimuleeringsfonds voor vrouwen” from the Dutch foundation FOM (2000).
  • Recipient of the Humboldt Fellowship (1994).


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