Area Manager: Paolo Foggi
Molding the flow of light with matter, and designing new materials with light. From quantum properties, to linear and non-linear interactions, from atoms to polymers, from disordered, random to periodic mesoscopic systems in all conditions, even extreme ones. Light is our tool to reveal the emerging properties of photonic materials from the molecular to the mesoscopic scale, and the driving force to enable their functionalities and reactivity. Light-based technologies are the key to investigate many fundamental issues in physics and material science, and an endless source of inspiration for new photonic applications.
The Optics of Complex Systems group focuses its research on how complex media interact with light, but also on how light can be used to manufacture new materials and design their functionalities.
The investigation of the dynamical properties of condensed matter remains one of the major topic in the material science. The dynamics processes we study span from the vibrational and electronic phenomena, taking place at the microscopic scale, to the structural/aggregation and transport processes covering the macroscopic scale of the materials.
The research mainly concerns with the study of simple molecular systems under pressure, using the Diamond Anvil Cell (DAC) technique to compress the samples under equilibrium conditions up to 106 bar.
This research activity focuses on the development and characterization of innovative semiconductors for applications to optoelectronic devices, photonics, photovoltaics, and sensors. Currently, the most part of the activities is focused on perovskites, a new class of materials with outstanding properties.
Light matter interaction at the nanoscale occurs in novel ways. Understanding these interactions is not only of fundamental importance but is also of interest for applications in optical sensing, optoelectronics, high performance integrated optics and quantum science. Our group investigates innovative light emitter and their integration in photonic structures capable to manipulate and confine light at the nanoscale.