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.

Recent Submissions

  • Rationally designed azobenzene photoswitches for efficient two-photon neuronal excitation 

    Cabré, Gisela; Garrido-Charle, Aida; Moreno, Miquel; Bosch, Miquel; Porta-de-la-Riva, Montserrat; Krieg, Michael; Gascón-Moya, Marta; Camarero, Núria; Gelabert, Ricard; Lluch, José M.; Busqué, Félix; Hernando, Jordi; Gorostiza, Pau; Alibés, Ramon (Nature, 2019-02-22)
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    Manipulation of neuronal activity using two-photon excitation of azobenzene photoswitches with near-infrared light has been recently demonstrated, but their practical use in neuronal tissue to photostimulate individual ...
  • Direction Selectivity in Drosophila Proprioceptors Requires the Mechanosensory Channel Tmc 

    He, Liping; Gulyanon, Sarun; Skanata, Mirna Mihovilovic; Karagyozov, Doycho; Heckscher, Ellie S.; Krieg, Michae; Tsechpenakis, Gavriil; Gershow, Marc; W. Daniel, Tracey, Jr (Sciencedirect, 2019-03-01)
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    Drosophila Transmembrane channel-like (Tmc) is a protein that functions in larval proprioception. The closely related TMC1 protein is required for mammalian hearing and is a pore-forming subunit of the hair cell ...
  • Atomic force microscopy-based mechanobiology 

    Krieg, Michael; Fläschner, Gotthold; Alsteens, David; Gaub, Benjamin M.; Roos, Wouter H.; Wuite, Gijs J. L.; Gaub, Hermann E.; Gerber, Christoph; Dufrêne, Yves F; Mülle, Daniel J. (Nature, 2018-11-01)
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    Mechanobiology emerges at the crossroads of medicine, biology, biophysics and engineering and describes how the responses of proteins, cells, tissues and organs to mechanical cues contribute to development, differentiation, ...
  • Mass sensing for the advanced fabrication of nanomechanical resonators 

    Gruber, G.; Urgell, C.; Tavernarakis, A.; Stavrinadis, A.; Tepsic, S.; Magén, C.; Sangiao, S.; Teresa, J. M. de; Verlot, P.; Bachtold, A. (ACS, 2019-09-03)
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    We report on a nanomechanical engineering method to monitor matter growth in real time via e-beam electromechanical coupling. This method relies on the exceptional mass sensing capabilities of nanomechanical resonators. ...
  • Optomechanical Measurement of Thermal Transport in Two-Dimensional MoSe2 Lattices 

    Morell, Nicolas; Tepsic, Slaven; Reserbat-Plantey, Antoine; Cepellotti, Andrea; Manca, Marco; Epstein, Itai; Isacsson, Andreas; Marie, Xavier; Mauri, Francesco; Bachtold, Adrian (ACS, 2019-04-02)
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    Nanomechanical resonators have emerged as sensors with exceptional sensitivities. These sensing capabilities open new possibilities in the studies of the thermodynamic properties in condensed matter. Here, we use mechanical ...
  • Symphony on strong field approximation 

    Amini, Kasra; Biegert, Jens; Calegari, Francesca; Chacón, Alexis; Ciappina, Marcelo F.; Dauphin, Alexandre; Efimov, Dmitry K.; Faria, Carla Figueira de Morisson; Giergiel, Krzysztof; Gniewek, Piotr; Landsman, Alexandra S.; Lesiuk, Michał; Mandrysz, Michał; Maxwell, Andrew S.; Moszynski, Robert; Ortmann, Lisa; Pérez-Hernández, Jose Antonio; Picón, Antonio; Pisanty, Emilio; Prauzner-Bechcicki, Jakub; Sacha, Krzysztof; Suárez, Noslen; Zaïr, Amelle; Zakrzewski, Jakub; Lewenstein, Maciej (IOP, 2019-10-14)
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    This paper has been prepared by the Symphony collaboration (University of Warsaw, Uniwersytet Jagielloński, DESY/CNR and ICFO) on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the ‘simple man’s models’ which underlie most of ...
  • High Efficiency Colloidal Quantum Dot Infrared Light Emitting Diodes via Engineering at the Supra-Nanocrystalline Level 

    Pradhan, Santanu; DiStasio, Francesco; Bi, Yu; Gupta, Shuchi; Christodoulou, Sotirios; Stavrinadis, Alexandros; Konstantatos, Gerasimos (Nature, 2018-12-03)
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    Colloidal quantum dot (CQD) light-emitting diodes (LEDs) deliver a compelling performance in the visible, yet infrared CQD LEDs underperform their visible-emitting counterparts, largely due to their low photoluminescence ...
  • Optomechanics with a hybrid carbon nanotube resonator 

    Tavernarakis, A.; Stavrinadis, A.; Nowak, A.; Tsioutsios, I.; Bachtold, A. (Nature, 2018-02-14)
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    In just 20 years of history, the field of optomechanics has achieved impressive progress, stepping into the quantum regime just 5 years ago. Such remarkable advance relies on the technological revolution of nano-optomechanical ...
  • Ultrasensitive Displacement Noise Measurement of Carbon Nanotube Mechanical Resonators 

    Bonis, S. L. de; Urgell, C.; Yang, W.; Samanta, C.; Noury, A.; Vergara-Cruz, J.; Dong, Q.; Jin, Y.; Bachtold, A. (ACS, 2018-07-31)
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    Mechanical resonators based on a single carbon nanotube are exceptional sensors of mass and force. The force sensitivity in these ultralight resonators is often limited by the noise in the detection of the vibrations. ...
  • Tunable and free-form planar optics 

    Berto, Pascal; Philippet, Laurent; Ossmond, Johann; Liu, Chang François; Afridi, Adeel; Montagut Marques, Marc; Molero Agudo, Bernat; Tessier, Gilles; Quidant, Romain (Nature, 2019-07-22)
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    The advent of spatial control over the phase and amplitude of light waves has profoundly transformed photonics, enabling major advances in fields from imaging and information technology to biomedical optics. Here we propose ...
  • Knotting fractional-order knots with the polarization state of light 

    Pisanty, Emilio; Machado, Gerard J.; Vicuña-Hernández, Verónica; Picón, Antonio; Celi, Alessio; Pérez Torres, Juan; Lewenstein, Maciej (Nature, 2019-06-10)
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    The fundamental polarization singularities of monochromatic light are normally associated with invariance under coordinated rotations: symmetry operations that rotate the spatial dependence of an electromagnetic field by ...
  • Cerebral oxygenation and blood flow in normal term infants at rest measured by a hybrid near-infrared device (BabyLux) 

    Andresen, Bjørn; Carli, Agnese De; Fumagalli, Monica; Giovannella, Martina; Durduran, Turgut; Weigel, Udo Michael; Contini, Davide; Spinelli, Lorenzo; Torricelli, Alessandro; Greise, Gorm (Nature, 2019-07-02)
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