About

Physicist, Postdoctoral Fellow at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München

I am a postdoctoral fellow at LMU Munich in the Nanophotonics Group of Prof. Alexander Högele studying transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) excitons and polaritons. I have received a Distinguished Postdoc Fellowship from the Munich Center for Quantum Science and Technology (MCQST) in 2021 and a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Postdoctoral Fellowship from the European Commission in 2022. We use cleanroom nanofabrication to make van der Waals heterostructures and then study them by optical spectroscopy at cryogenic temperatures.

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MCQST Distinguished Postdoc Fellow
Email: f.tabataba@physik.uni-muenchen.de

Photo credit: Christoph Hohmann, MCQST

Acrylic painting of my postdoc project showing a polariton lattice in a van der Waals heterostructure on a mirror.
Acrylic painting of my PhD project showing a microdisk coupled to a waveguide.

About me


I am Farsane Tabataba-Vakili, a postdoctoral fellow at LMU Munich in the Nanophotonics group of Prof. Alexander Högele. My current research interests focus on light-matter interaction in two-dimensional (2D) transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs). at low temperature I study interlayer excitons, as well as exciton-polaritons and exciton-plasmon-polaritons in TMDs coupled to microcavities and plasmonic lattices.

I am from Berlin where I received my B.Sc. (2013) and M.Sc. (2016) degrees in physics at Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin). During my M.Sc., I spent one and a half years at PARC, a Xerox Company in Palo Alto, CA as an intern and working on my master’s thesis, investigating electron-beam pumped ultraviolet-C (UV-C) emitters and UV-A laser diodes. From 2016 to 2020, I was a PhD candidate at the Centre de Nanosciences et Nanotechnologies (C2N) in Palaiseau and at CEA-IRIG in Grenoble under the supervison of Dr. Philippe Boucaud and Dr. Bruno Gayral where I worked on UV-A and visible microlaser photonic circuits in the III-nitride on silicon platform. I obtained my PhD in physics from Université Paris-Saclay in September 2020.

I have received several prizes during my M.Sc. and PhD, including the 2018 Bourse L’Oréal-UNESCO for women in science and the 2017 Physik-Studienpreis from the Berlin Physics Society.

In my free time, I am passionate about scuba diving, traveling, and acrylic painting.