Steven Hoekstra


Van Swinderen Institute

University of Groningen

Zernikelaan 25, 9747 AA, Groningen

Research group


PhD student

Stark deceleration and trapping of SrF molecules from a cryogenic source.

PhD student

Production, deceleration and cooling of SrF and BaF (with Rick Bethlem)

PhD student

Optically trapped nanospheres as sensitive detectors

PhD student

Molecular spectroscopy and laser cooling (with Lorenz Willmann)

Master student

Optical detection and cooling of Stark-decelerated SrF and BaF

PhD student

Cryogenic buffer gas source for heavy diatomic molecules

Master student

Dynamics of levitated nanospheres



Atomic and molecular physics, methods in theoretical chemistry/physics, relativistic calculations, physics beyond the Standard Model, properties of heavy and superheavy elements. @VSI Groningen

Cooling and manipulating molecules, precision tests of fundamental physics theories using molecules. @VSI and @VU Amsterdam.

Precision measurements of atoms, ions, molecules for fundamental physics. @VSI Groningen.