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Photonics

 

Photonics is a key technology of multidisciplinary nature enabling the production of devices and systems of high impact for the society. Main applications are in solar energy conversion, information and telecommunications, biomedicine, environmental and food quality monitoring, security, smart mobility and  domotics, aerospace and cultural heritage.

IMM has a consolidated expertise  in the development of innovative materials, devices and systems for photonics. Main activities are related to the design, fabrication and characterization of:

  • new optoelectronic components, also based on quantum and nanotechnologies, to be integrated in the next generation of micro/nanoelectronic circuits for on-chip and intra-chip optical interconnects. The perspective is to overcome the present limits in terms of electrical power dissipation and delay in signal propagation. Such devices and technologies will also find applications in future optical networks capable of secure and ultrafast data transmission.
  • advanced photonic systems and devices for sensing, diagnostics and imaging, whose  applications range from  health to cultural heritage, from environmental and food monitoring to precision agriculture, from security to transports.
  • innovative devices and technologies for photovoltaics and solar energy conversion.

The Institute research activities in Photonics are grouped in the three main areas of OptoelectronicsEnergy conversion devices, and Plasmonics and nanophotonics.

 

Dielectric metasurfaces supporting bound states in the continuum: fundamentals and applications

Optical field amplification at the nanoscale can be used to increase light matter interaction enhancing a plethora of physical processes. More recently it has been demonstrated that a dielectric...

Near-Infrared Silicon Photodetectors

Due to recent breakthroughs, silicon (Si) photonics is now the most active discipline within the field of integrated optics and, at the same time, a present reality - with...

Development of Innovative Optical Methods for label free Interferometric Imaging

3D Quantitative Imaging

This research activity aims to investigate an alternative approach for the morphological characterization of microscopic objects (biological or not biological) using...

Planar photonics with Metasurface: field enhancement in dielectric structures

 

Topic A: With the recent advances in micro and nanofabrication methods it is possible to control the flow of light in a way that was not possible before. In particular, metasurfaces have...

Volume Holographic Optical Elements: Design and Possible Applications

Volume Holographic Optical Elements (V-HOEs), such as holographic gratings and spherical lenses, are designed and fabricated by using a prototype of photopolymer. The recording process of V-HOEs...

OPTICAL INTEGRATED ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELD SENSOR

In this activity we propose an integrated optical electromagnetic field sensor suitable for sensing in the Fresnel region over a wide frequency range (ELF to UHF band). The optical electromagnetic...

Optical characterization of natural photonic structures

Optical properties of natural materials have been numerically and experimentally characterized in order to understand their function in living organisms and, furtherly, to exploit them in bio-...

Silicon photonics for ICT and optical interconnects

The activity is mainly focused on the on the design, fabrication and characterization of silicon photonic and optoelectronic devices able to modulate and generate light. A first activity concerns ...

Efficient thermal energy conversion by high vacuum flat panels

The world energy needs are increasing in all fields. Electrical energy is one of the most diffuse types of energy and it is often used to satisfy the residential and industrial...

Optical sensor based on plasmonic and photonic crystal structures

 

Plasmonics involves the control of light at the nanoscale by using surface plasmons. Localized surface plasmon resonance LSPR, which imparts unique...

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