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Near-field Optical Nanoscopy Summer School

Near-field Optical Nanoscopy Summer School

Eka. 06 - 09. Eka, 2023 Kod. 041-23


Welcome to the first Near-field Optical Nanoscopy Summer School, dedicated to instrumentation, methodology, data analysis, practical aspects, and application potential of scattering-type Scanning Near-field Optical Microscopy (s-SNOM), infrared nanospectroscopy (nano-FTIR) and related techniques.

s-SNOM and nano-FTIR spectroscopy are cutting-edge optical imaging and spectroscopy tools that enable nanoscale imaging in the broad spectral range between visible and terahertz frequencies. Since the first commercialization of about 15 years ago, a variety of imaging and spectroscopy modalities have been added, serving a rapidly growing community of users across widely different and interdisciplinary fields, including solid state physics, semiconductor technology, photonics, polymer science, and biology.

This program was jointly designed by CIC nanoGUNE BRTA (www.nanogune.eu, Donostia-San Sebastian), the ENSEMBLE3 Centre of Excellence (www.ensemble3.eu, Warsaw, Poland) and neaspec/attocube AG (www.neaspec.com; Munich, Germany) to address the growing demand in a training, discussion and networking event on Near-Field Optical Nanoscopy.

We look forward to welcoming you in San Sebastian.

Organizing Committee

Adrian Cernescu (attocube systems AG)

Rainer Hillenbrand (Ikerbasque Research professor, CIC nanoGUNE BRTA)

Monika Goikoetxea (CIC nanoGUNE BRTA)

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We want to provide a unique opportunity for s-SNOM users – particularly to newcomers – to learn from experts not only about basic principles, instrumentation, techniques, methods and application potential, but also about practical tips and tricks. This shall strengthen the growing and highly interdisciplinary community and foster their communication and collaboration. The workshop will be held in person.

Application instructions and form:

The Near-field Optical Nanoscopy School is targeted to researchers and students who are interested to learn about the basics and applications of scattering-type scanning near-field optical microscopy and related techniques.

The number of participants is limited. Participants will be selected based on their motivation statement. In case of a largely exceeding number of applications, we may need to restrict participation to one person per research group.

Participants are encouraged to present a poster, which should be dedicated to instrumental, methodological and data analysis aspects. Discussion of challenges, problems and their eventual solution are particularly welcome. The discussion of imaging and spectroscopy results by themselves should be limited. The poster sessions shall provide an opportunity for the participants to exchange experiences and to obtain feedback from other participants and lecturers.

Application deadline is 19-Feb-2023. The results of the selection process will be communicated at the beginning of March 2023 and the selected participants will be able to continue with the registration (registration fee: 200€). To apply, please complete the application form.


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  • Unibertsitateko ikaslea
  • Profesionalak
  • Investigadores


  • CIC Nanogune BRTA
  • European union


  • Attocube-Neaspec


Rainer Hillenbrand


Rainer Hillenbrand is an Ikerbasque Research Professor and Nanooptics Group Leader at the nanoscience research center CIC nanoGUNE BRTA in San Sebastian (Basque Country, Spain), and a Joint Professor at the University of the Basque Country. He is also co-founder of the company neaspec GmbH (Germany), which develops and manufactures near-field optical microscopes. From 1998 to 2007 he worked at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biochemistry (Martinsried, Germany), where he led the Nano-Photonics Research Group from 2003 to 2007. He obtained his PhD degree in physics from the Technical University of Munich in 2001. Hillenbrand pioneered the development of infrared near-field nanoscopy and nanospectroscopy, and its applications in nanophotonics, polaritonics, materials sciences and soft matter sciences. In 2014 he received the Ludwig-Genzel-Price “for the design and development of infrared near-field spectroscopy and the application of the novel spectroscopy method in different fields of natural sciences”.

Monika Goikoetxea Larruskain


Monika Goikoetxea is the Lab Manager of Nanooptics group and lecturer in the Department of Advanced Polymers and Materials: Physics, Chemistry, and Technology at the University of Basque Country (UPV-EHU). She obtained her PhD in Chemistry in 2006 from the Chemical Engineering group (UPV-EHU) and subsequently worked as a post-doctoral researcher at POLYMAT, where she specialized in the synthesis of hybrid nanoparticles for coating applications. She utilized knowledge-based strategies to control molecular architecture, particle morphology, and film morphology. In 2009, she joined UPV-EHU as part of the "Grants for the Specialization of UPV-EHU PhD Researchers" program with a project related to the development of polymer nanoparticles with controlled morphology and began her research on renewable raw materials. In 2017, she joined the Nanooptics group, where she focused on the application of s-SNOM and nano-FTIR on polymeric materials and other organic and biological samples. She is currently a member of the E3 team and is focused on developing s-SNOM education activities for the ENSEMBLE3 Centre of Excellence.


Lukas Eng

TU Dresden, IAPP

Raul Freitas

LNLS Brazil

Fritz Keilmann

Fritz Keilmann (*1942) studied meteorology, biophysics and physics in Munich. As a postdoc he worked from 1972 at MIT on precision spectroscopy and invented a record-strong gas laser tunable from microwave to infrared frequencies. This enabled him, from 1974 at the MPI for Solid State Physics (Stuttgart), to pioneer coherent phonon propagation and nonlinear infrared spectroscopy of dielectrics and semiconductors, even ultrafast dynamics. He advanced optics instrumentation with all-metal polarizers and filters which he commercialized (Lasnix) in 1984. His all-metal infrared focusing helped him understanding quantum-Hall physics and achieving, from 1995 at the MPI for Biochemistry (Martinsried), super-resolution near-field optical microscopy (s-SNOM) which he and R. Hillenbrand commercialized (Neaspec) in 2007. He pioneered both dual-frequency-comb spectroscopy and, from 2007 at the MPI of Quantum Optics (Garching), infrared supercontinuum sources for s-SNOM to perfect nano-FTIR chemical nanoscopy. In 2009 he was awarded the K.J. Button prize. Since retiring from Max-Planck (2012) and from Neaspec (2017) he continues at the LMU physics department pioneering (2021) nano-FTIR of cells living in their aqueous environment.

Thomas Taubner

RWTH Aachen University


Miramar Jauregia

Mirakontxa pasealekua 48, 20007 Donostia



Miramar Jauregia

Mirakontxa pasealekua 48, 20007 Donostia


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