Promotor: Prof.dr. H.J.M. de Groot, Co-promotor: Francesco Buda
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This thesis is concerned with the transfer of energy from light to matter. Over a century ago it was established that light consists of packets of energy , now known as photons. Not much later the energy levels of matter at the atomic scale were found to be discrete . These phenomena required a new physical description that has become the theory of quantum mechanics . Now, this theory of light and matter could contribute to tackling a fundamental socioeconomic and technological challenge: To find a sustainable supply of useful energy that is cheap, abundant and generated on-the-spot.