Optomechanics of random media: towards Photonic Robots
The Brownian motion of photons in a random medium induces a Brownian motion of the medium.
Anderson localization of light enhances the optomechanical interaction.
These effects are considered in a manuscript, by Silvia Gentilini and Claudio Conti, based on massively parallel numerical solutions of the Maxwell equations for random media. The goal is designing micron-sized structured devices that are activated by light and perform a prescribed motion. Understanding the role of light scattering is pivotal in the realization of "Photonic Robots."
Now published in Phys. Rev. A
Last Updated (Sunday, 12 April 2015 16:11)
The thinnest beam ever! In Nature Photonics
In a paper published in Nature Photonics, E. Del Re, F. Di Mei, J. Parravicini, G. Parravicini, A. J. Agranat, and C. Conti report on the observation of a sub-wavelength spatial solitons propagating in a nano-disordered ferroelectric.
The beam has transverse size of the order of 200nm with wavelength 632nm, and turns out to be the thinnest beam ever observed with a variety of applications!
Last Updated (Tuesday, 03 March 2015 06:57)
Press release on the thinnest beams
Last Updated (Wednesday, 11 March 2015 18:31)
TOP NEWS: WE ARE ERC DOUBLE !
Following the Light and Complexity ERC grant, we have again obtained funding by the European Research Council.
Our ERC Proof of Concept Proposal "Vanguard" has been retained for funding !
Last Updated (Monday, 02 February 2015 20:11)
Replica Symmetry Breaking paper in Nature Communications !
We have been highlight on the Facebook webpage of ERC
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