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

  • 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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  • Unravelling the Role of Electric and Magnetic Dipoles in Biosensing with Si Nanoresonators 

    Yavas, Ozlem; Svedendahl, Mikael; Quidant, Romain (ACS, 2019-03-28)
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    High refractive index dielectric nanoresonators are attracting much attention due to their ability to control both electric and magnetic components of light. Combining confined modes with reduced absorption losses, they ...
  • Fast and sensitive terahertz detection using an antenna-integrated graphene pn-junction 

    Castilla, Sebastián; Terrés, Bernat; Autore, Marta; Viti, Leonardo; Li, Jian; Nikitin, Alexey Y.; Vangelidis, Ioannis; Watanabe, Kenji; Taniguchi, Takashi; Lidorikis, Elefterios; Vitiello, Miriam S.; Hillenbrand, Rainer; Tielrooij, Klaas-Jan; Koppens, Frank H.L. (ACS, 2019-03-18)
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    Although the detection of light at terahertz (THz) frequencies is important for a large range of applications, current detectors typically have several disadvantages in terms of sensitivity, speed, operating temperature, ...
  • Femtosecond deep-infrared optical parametric oscillator pumped directly by a Ti:sapphire laser 

    O’Donnell, Callum F.; Chaitanya Kumar, S.; Zawilski, Kevin T.; Schunemann, Peter G.; Ebrahim-Zadeh, Majid (SPIE, 2018-02-15)
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    We report a high-repetition-rate femtosecond optical parametric oscillator (OPO) for the deep-infrared (deep-IR) based on the nonlinear optical crystal, CdSiP2 (CSP), pumped directly by a Ti:sapphire laser, for the first ...
  • Single-Stage Ti:sapphire-Pumped Deep-Infrared Femtosecond Optical Parametric Oscillator based on CdSiP2 

    O´Donnell, Callum; Chaitanya Kumar, S.; Schunemann, P. G.; Zawilski, K. T.; Ebrahim-Zadeh, M. (OSA, 2017-10-01)
    Conference lecture
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    We report the first deep-infrared femtosecond OPO based on CdSiP2 synchronously-pumped directly by a KLM Ti:sapphire laser, tunable across 7508-8210 nm, and generating as much as 12 mW at 7508 nm in good beam-quality.
  • Single-Stage Ti:sapphire-Pumped Deep-Infrared Femtosecond Optical Parametric Oscillator based on CdSiP2 

    O’Donnell, Callum F.; Chaitanya Kumar, S.; Schunemann, P. G.; Zawilski, K. T.; Ebrahim-Zadeh, M. (IEEE, 2018-02-20)
    Conference lecture
    Open Access
    We report a high-repetition-rate femtosecond optical parametric oscillator (OPO) for the deep-infrared (deep-IR) based on the nonlinear optical crystal, CdSiP 2 (CSP), pumped directly by a Ti:sapphire laser, for the first ...
  • Performance characterization of midinfrared difference frequency generation in orientation-patterned gallium phosphide 

    Wei, Junxiong; Chaitanya Kumar, S.; Hanyu, Ye; Schunemann, Peter G.; Ebrahim-Zadeh, Majid (SPIE, 2018-02-15)
    Conference lecture
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    Orientation-patterned gallium phosphide (OP-GaP) is a recently developed nonlinear material with wide transparency across 0.8-12 μm and high nonlinearity (d14∼70 pm/V), which is a promising candidate material for mid-infrared ...

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