Menno Poot

Rudolf Mößbauer Tenure Track

Technical University of Munich

Quantum Technologies

Focus Group
Quantum Technologies

Short CV

Menno 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 awarded a Rudolf Mößbauer Tenure Track Professorship at the Physics Department of TUM, where he is leading a research group which focuses on quantum technologies.

Selected Awards

2010 NWO “Rubicon” postdoctoral fellowship

2001 “P-in-1” scholarship from TU Delft

2001 CIVI award for the best first-year student in Applied Physics at TU Delft

2000 “Sterbeurs” scholarship for outstanding students awarded by TU Delft

Research Interests

The research interests of Rudolf Mößbauer Tenure Track Professor Menno Poot 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. Another area of research concerns 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.

Selected Publications

  • Schuck, C.; Guo, X.; Fan, L.; Ma, X.; Poot, M.; Tang, H. X.: Quantum interference in heterogeneous superconducting-photonic circuits on a silicon chip. Nature Communications 7, 2016, 10352.
  • Poot, Menno; van der Zant, Herre S.J.: Mechanical systems in the quantum regime. Physics Reports 511 (5), 2012, 273-335.
  • Bagheri, Mahmood; Poot, Menno; Li, Mo; Pernice, Wolfram P. H.; Tang, Hong X.: Dynamic manipulation of nanomechanical resonators in the high-amplitude regime and non-volatile mechanical memory operation. Nature Nanotechnology 6 (11), 2011, 726-732.
  • Poot, M.; Etaki, S.; Mahboob, I.; Onomitsu, K.; Yamaguchi, H.; Blanter, Ya. M.; van der Zant, H. S. J.: Tunable Backaction of a DC SQUID on an Integrated Micromechanical Resonator. Physical Review Letters 105 (20), 2010.
  • Poot, M.; van der Zant, H. S. J.: Nanomechanical properties of few-layer graphene membranes. Applied Physics Letters 92 (6), 2008, 063111.

Publications as TUM-IAS-Fellow


  • Fong, King Yan; Jin, Dafei; Poot, Menno; Bruch, Alexander; Tang, Hong X.: Phonon Coupling between a Nanomechanical Resonator and a Quantum Fluid. Nano Letters 19 (6), 2019, 3716-3722 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )


  • Davidovikj, Dejan; Poot, Menno; Cartamil-Bueno, Santiago J.; van der Zant, Herre S. J.; Steeneken, Peter G.: On-chip Heaters for Tension Tuning of Graphene Nanodrums. Nano Letters 18 (5), 2018, 2852-2858 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )