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Nano meets photon



Nano meets photon

This meeting will provide the audiences with a very general overview of what photonics is, how it pervades modern technologies, and the recent developments towards ultra-fast nanophotonics.

Today photonic technologies are the cornerstone for long distance ultra-broadband telecommunications, allow us to explore biochemical systems with unprecedented accuracy, make evident “quantum weirdness”, and during the last decade have produced one in every three Nobel laureates. Photonics also represents a huge global market, which is predicted to grow up to 650bn€ by 2020, with currently over 300,000 direct employees only in within the EU.

Despite all these remarkable facts, the level of public general awareness about this fascinating discipline is quite low and both the academic and the scientific communities have recently invested a conspicuous amount of resources to disseminate photonic knowledge.

Dr Marcello Ferrera, during his talk will explain in simplified terms the ongoing photonic revolution which is taking place at the nanometric scale (i.e. on a scale smaller than a billionth of a metre). After a general description about the state-of-the-art of modern integrated photonic devices, Dr. Ferrera will also present the scientific results that him and his collaborators have recently attained in the direction of synthesizing new materials for application in ultra-fast optics and quantum information.


Dr. Marcello Ferrera is Assistant Professor at Heriot-Watt University, Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences, in Edinburgh. Here, alongside teaching Optics and Photonics, he carries on his research activities in the field of integrated Photonics, Nonlinear Optics, and Plasmonics.




Data: Mar 28 Nov 2017

Orario: Alle 18:00

Organizzato da : Italian Cultural Institute

In collaborazione con : Heriot-Watt University

Ingresso : Libero


Italian Cultural Institute, 82 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh