Harald G. L. Schwefel


Dr. habil. rer. nat. Physics, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany Prof. Gerd Leuchs 2014
Ph.D. Physics, Yale University, USA Advisor: Prof. A. Douglas Stone 2004
M.Phil, M.S. Physics, Yale University, USA 2002
Vordiplom Physik & Mathematics BTU Cottbus, Germany 1997


Department of Physics, University of Otago
Dunedin, New Zealand
senior lecturer

Sept. 2015 - present
Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light
Erlangen, Germany
Groupleader WhiGaMoR

Nov. 2014 - Aug. 2015
University of Erlangen-Nuremberg & Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light
Erlangen, Germany
Akademischer Rat a.Z., with Prof. Gerd Leuchs

Dec. 2009 - Oct. 2015
Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light
Erlangen, Germany
Postdoctoral Associate, with Prof. Lijun Wang

Jan. 2009 - Nov. 2009
Max Planck Research Group, Institute of Optics
University of Erlangen, Germany
Postdoctoral Associate, with Prof. Lijun Wang

2005 - 2008
Department of Nonlinear Science, Advanced Telecommunication Research
Wave Engineering Laboratories with Prof. Takahisa Harayama,
Visiting Scholar, with the “Japan-Trust”

July - August 2005
Department of Applied Physics, Yale University, USA
Postdoctoral Associate, with Prof. A. Douglas Stone

Physics Department, Yale University, USA
Doctoral Research, Thesis Advisor: Prof. A. Douglas Stone, Directionality
and Vector resonances of Regular and Chaotic Dielectric Microcavities

1999 - 2004
Department of Applied Physics, Yale University, USA
Experimental Research, with Prof. Richard Chang


Fellowships and Grants

DFG Heisenberg fellowship July 2015
DFG research grant July 2015
DAAD/DFG travel grant to Singapore and Sydney April 2009
Japan Trust Fellowship, Japan 2005
DFG travel grant 2005
Post Doctoral Fellowship
Department of Applied Physics, Yale University, USA

Teaching & Tutoring Fellowship (multiple)
Yale University, USA

Graduate Student Stipend
Yale University, USA

Friedrich Ebert Foundation Scholar, Germany 1998


Lectures at University of Otago
PHSI232 - Optics second semester 2015
Lectures at University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
Anwendungen der Physik &
Physics of biosensing

SS 2015
Anwendungen der Physik SS 2014
SAOT - Winter Academy WS 2013/2014
Introduction to Quantum Optics WS 2013/2014
Scheinseminar “Physics of Light: the Quantum and the Classical” WS 2013/2014
Anwendungen der Physik SS 2013
Anwendungen der Physik &
Physik der Biosensorik

SS 2012
Nichtlineare Optik mit Anwendungen in der Quantenoptik WS 2011/2012
Anwendungen der Physik &
Physics of Biosensing

SS 2011
Photonische Materialien und Anwendungen WS 2010/2011
Anwendungen der Physik &
Integrierte Optik

SS 2010
Teaching at Yale University
Residential Math & Science Tutor
Davenport College, Yale University

2001 - 2003
Teaching Fellow
Physics Department, Yale University
Physics Department, BTU-Cottbus, Germany

1999 - 2001
1997 - 1998

Selected Seminars

One Ring to bind them all: optical resonators from the THz to visible
Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand
December 2014
Crystalline Whispering gallery mode Resonators
PIERS 2014, Guangzhou, China
August 2014
Nonlinear Optical Properties of Whispering Gallery Mode Resonators
Ottawa Summer School organized by Paul Corkum & Bob Boyd, Canada
June 2014
WE-Heraeus Seminar #560 “Taking Detection to the limit: Biosensing with optical Microcavities”
Scientific Organizer, Bad Honnef, Germany
April 2014
Crystalline WGM Resonators: linear and non-linear applications from the visible to THz
French-Russian-German Laser Symposium, Besançon, France
Nov 2013
Non-linear optics & polarization in birefringent Whispering gallery mode resonators
WOMA 2013 - Workshop on Microcavities and Applications, Beijing, China
May 2013
Whispering gallery mode resonators
Workshop with Boyd Group on quantum and non-linear light, Mont-Tremblant, Canada
February 2013
THz whispering gallery mode resonators and complex polarization states
43rd Winter Conference on the Physics of Quantum Electronics, Snowbird, Utah USA
January 2013
Whispering Gallery Mode Resonator based Optical up-conversion of cw-THz radiation
TERA-2012, 2nd conference on “Terahertz and Microwave radiation: Generation, Detection and Applications”, Moscow, Russia
June 2012
WE-Heraeus Seminar #492 “Micro and Macro Cavities in Classical and Non-Classical Light”
Scientific Organizer, Bad Honnef, Germany
November 2011
WGM enhanced THz detection
GRFLS, “German, Russian, French Laser Symposium”, Gößweinstein, Germany
April 2011
Single Reflection Goos-Hänchen Shift
Beam Shift Workshop 2011, Leiden, Netherlands
March 2011
Lecture on Mixed Phase Space
Summer School “Mesoscopic Physics in Complex Media”, Cargèse, Corsica, France
July 2010
Terahertz resonators, identical coupled disks and directional emission
WOMA, Int. Workshop on Microcavities and Applications, Seoul, South Korea
August 2009
High Frequency Resonances in Clusters of Dielectric Disks
Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
April 2009
Terahertz photonic molecules with coupled whispering gallery mode resonators
CUDOS, Sydney, Australia
April 2009
Terahertz and Optical Microcavities
Division of Physics & Applied Physics, School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences,
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
April 2009
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA, Pasadena, CA, USA August 2007
Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan August 2005
Minisymphosium Dynamic Days Europe, Berlin, Germany July 2005
ATR Kyoto, Japan July 2005
Max-Planck-Research Group, Erlangen, Germany May 2005
Vahala Group, California Institute of Technology, USA April 2005