ICFO is a young research institution that aims to advance the very limits of knowledge in Photonics, namely the science and technology of harnessing Light. Light, especially laser light, is one of the major enabling technologies currently available to humankind. Our research thrusts target the global forefront of photonics, and aim to tackle important challenges faced by society at large. We focus on current and future problems in Health, Energy, Information, Safety, Security and caring for the Environment.

Enviaments recents

  • Anisotropy-Induced Photonic Bound States in the Continuum 

    Gomis-Bresco, Jordi; Arigas, David; Torner Sabata, Lluis (Nature, 2017-03-20)
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    Bound states in the continuum (BICs) are radiationless localized states embedded in the part of the parameter space that otherwise corresponds to radiative modes. Many decades after their original prediction1, 2, 3 and ...
  • Photo-FETs: phototransistors enabled by 2D and 0D nanomaterials 

    Kufer, Dominik; Konstantatos, Gerasimos (ACS, 2016-10-27)
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    The large diversity of applications in our daily lives that rely on photodetection technology requires photodetectors with distinct properties. The choice of an adequate photodetecting system depends on its application, ...
  • Outdoor operation of small-molecule organic photovoltaics 

    Burlingame, Quinn; Zanotti, Gloria; Ciammaruchi, Laura; Katz, Eugene A.; Forrest, Stephen R. (ScienceDirect, 2017-02-01)
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    We measure the diurnal dependence of the operating characteristics of tetraphenyldibenzoperiflanthene (DBP):C70 planar-mixed heterojunction small-molecule organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells with 2,2′,2″-(1,3,5-benzenitryl ...
  • Tunable complete optical absorption in multilayer structures including 𝐆𝐞𝟐𝐒𝐛𝟐𝐓𝐞𝟓 without lithographic patterns 

    Mkhitaryan, Vahagn K.; Ghosh, Dhriti S.; Rudé, Miquel; Canet-Ferrer, Josep; Maniyara, Rinu Abraham; Gopalan, Kavitha K.; Pruneri, Valerio (Wiley, 2017-01-04)
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    Controlling the spectral transmission, reflection, and absorption properties of optical structures is of great interest for many applications in photonics. Particularly, perfect absorbers over a wide frequency (wavelength) ...
  • Storing single photons emitted by a quantum memory on a highly excited Rydberg state 

    Distante, Emanuele; Farrera, Pau; Padrón-Brito, Auxiliadora; Paredes-Barato, David; Heinze, Georg; Riedmatten, Hugues de (Nature, 2017-01-17)
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    Strong interaction between two single photons is a long standing and important goal in quantum photonics. This would enable a new regime of nonlinear optics and unlock several applications in quantum information science, ...
  • Rapid and robust control of single quantum dots 

    Accanto, Nicolò; Roque, Pablo M de; Galvan-Sosa, Marcial; Christodoulou, Sotirios; Moreels, Iwan; Hulst, Niek F van (Nature, 2017-03-10)
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    The combination of single particle detection and ultrafast laser pulses is an instrumental method to track dynamics at the femtosecond time scale in single molecules, quantum dots and plasmonic nanoparticles. Optimal control ...
  • Self-sustained coherent phonon generation in optomechanical cavities 

    Navarro-Urrios, D.; Gomis-Bresco, Jordi; Alzina, F.; Capuj, N. E.; García, P. D.; Colombano, M. F.; Chavez-Angel, E.; Sotomayor-Torres, C. M. (IOP, 2016-08-18)
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    Optical forces can set tiny objects in states of mechanical self-sustained oscillation, spontaneously generating periodic signals by extracting power from steady sources. Miniaturized self-sustained coherent phonon sources ...
  • Template assisted surface micro microstructuring of flowable dental composites and its effect on the microbial adhesion properties 

    Frenzel, Nadja; Maenz, Stefan; Sanz Beltrán, Vanesa; Völpel, Andrea; Sigusch, Bernd W.; Lüdecke, Claudia; Jandt, Klaus D. (Academy of Dental Materials, 2016-03-01)
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    Despite their various advantages, such as good esthetic properties, absence of mercury and adhesive bonding to teeth, modern dental composites still have some drawbacks, e.g., a relatively high rate of secondary caries on ...
  • Controlled switching of orbital angular momentum in an optical parametric oscillator 

    Aadhi, A.; Samanta, G. K.; Chaitanya Kumar, S.; Ebrahim-Zadeh, Majid (OSA, 2017-03-07)
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    Controlled switching of orbital angular momentum (OAM) of light at practical powers over arbitrary wavelength regions can have important implications for future quantum and classical systems. Here we report on a single ...
  • Resonant plasmonic nanoparticles for multicolor second harmonic imaging 

    Accanto, Nicolo; Piatkowski, Lukasz; Hancu, Ion M.; Renger, Jan; Hulst, Niek F. van (AIP, 2016-02-26)
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    Nanoparticles capable of efficiently generating nonlinear optical signals, like second harmonic generation, are attracting a lot of attention as potential background-free and stable nano-probes for biological imaging. ...

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