posted Oct 3, 2017, 5:52 AM by Stefano Varas   [ updated Oct 3, 2017, 5:52 AM ]

Symposium CL
Inorganic Materials Systems for Advanced Photonics

The fruitful exploitation of optical ceramics and glasses and related photonic structures and devices as crucial pivots for the development of several enabling technologies provides a large spectrum of functionalities that allow us to face successfully socio- economic challenges in many fields going from energy production and saving to efficient and clean industrial cycles, from environmental protection to fast efficient novel communication systems, from structural monitoring to quantum technologies and to healthcare applications.
This Symposium, that follows the several ones on similar subject held at previous CIMTEC conferences, is to provide latest insights on fabrication, characterization and exploitation of photonic structures based on ceramics (oxides, oxynitrides, fluorides, sulphides, chalcogenides, etc...) inorganic non-metallic glasses, glass- ceramics, and ceramic/metal and glass/metal combinations in the form of nanostructured, bulk and graded materials and coatings, fibres, thin films, superlattices and other small confined systems, nanomaterials, nanocomposites and functional nanoparticles.
Focus will be on theory, modelling and simulation of materials and processes, green and advanced fabrication protocols (self assembly, particle beams, light irradiation, micromachining, colloidal processing...) and up-to-date characterization of structure, non-linear optical properties, tunability, nanosize effects etc. of novel inorganic photonic materials systems for light generation, detection, and manipulation including e.g. luminescent and laser materials, smart optical fibres, active plasmonic heterostructures, novel confined nano-micro structures etc. covering the UHV-IR electromagnetic spectrum.
Contributions from Academia and industry on upgraded or novel application and prospective new approaches to photonic-based technologies are also firmly encouraged.

Improved Noninterferometric Test of Collapse Models Using Ultracold Cantilevers

posted Sep 26, 2017, 1:03 AM by Stefano Varas   [ updated Sep 26, 2017, 1:05 AM ]

Oscillations of a microcantilever at milliKelvin temperature have been accurately measured, leading to more stringent limits on the collapse parameters of wave functions and revealing a noise source of unknown origin.

A. Vinante, R. Mezzena, P. Falferi, M. Carlesso, A. Bassi
"Improved Noninterferometric Test of Collapse Models Using Ultracold Cantilevers"
Physical Review Letters 119 (2017) pp. 110401-1/5, ISSN: 0031-9007, doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.110401.

Maurizio Ferrari OSA Fellow

posted Sep 21, 2017, 3:07 AM by Stefano Varas

We are pleased to congratulate with our colleague Maurizio Ferrari, who has been elected Fellow of the Society by Board of Directors of The Optical Society (OSA).

Maurizio has been recognized “For significant achievements in the spectroscopic characterization of glasses and glass-ceramics and their application to photonic structures and devices, as well as for actively serving the optical community.”

SPIE Photonics Europe 2018

posted Jul 17, 2017, 12:40 AM by Stefano Varas

Fiber Lasers and Glass Photonics: Materials through Applications
held in Strasbourg, France
22 - 26 April 2018

2018 Call for Papers is now open

Present your research at the only cross-disciplinary optics and photonics event covering the most significant photonics technologies—from digital optics to quantum technologies to attosecond science. Look for new topics in 2018, including 3D printed optics, photonic glasses, optical biopolymers, and unconventional optical imaging.

More detailed information can be found on the webpage:


posted Jun 27, 2017, 5:25 AM by Stefano Varas

6th International Conference on Photonics, Optics and Laser Technology
held in Funchal, Madeira - Portugal
25-27 January, 2018

Optical systems are ubiquitous in modern society, from medical sciences to space exploration, telecommunications, information processing and numerous industrial and military applications of all kinds.
This 6th edition of PHOTOPTICS will feature 3 different tracks on Optics, Photonics and Lasers, covering both theoretical and practical aspects. Researchers, engineers and practitioners interested in any of these fields are welcome to join us in Funchal, Madeira and present their work on new methods or technologies, advanced prototypes, systems, tools and techniques, as well as general survey papers indicating future directions.

More detailed information can be found on the webpage:


posted Dec 7, 2016, 5:17 AM by Stefano Varas

7th International Workshop on Photoluminescence in Rare Earths (PRE'17): Photonic Materials and Devices
November 30 - December 2, 2017 | Rome, Italy

PRE’17 is the seventh event in the series of International Workshops covering a wide range of research topics concerning the properties and applications of rare-earth ions in optoelectronics and photonics. The series begun in Trento, Italy in May 2005 (PRE’05), followed by PRE’07 again in Trento, PRE’10 in Firenze (Italy), PRE’12 in Kyoto (Japan), PRE’14 in San Sebastián (Spain), PRE’16 in Greenville (USA). The next event, after the decision to move the Workshop to the odd years, will be held in Rome, Italy, at the end of 2017.

More than 600 scientists and students from more than 30 countries, in total, have attended the previous Workshops. The average size of each event, around 100 people, makes for a collegial environment where students and world experts can mingle and talk in an informal and effective way.

Over the past decade, an increasing number of luminescent materials have been reported, based on the properties of rare earth ions embedded in different matrices (crystalline, amorphous and glass ceramics; oxides, fluorides, chalcogenides, organics, ….) or contained in molecular complexes.
These materials have already been been widely employed in light sources and amplifiers, optical displays, fluorescent probes, luminescent labels, frequency converters, detectors, and so on, thus covering fields ranging from telecommunication to sensing, from medical diagnosis to energy. Despite of it, there are still increasing demands for novel functions to further extend their practical applications.

This PRE Workshop, like the previous ones, aims at providing a forum for material scientists, chemists and physicists where to debate about the state of the art and the perspectives of the photonic materials based on rare earth ions. Both fundamental photoluminescence properties and application oriented material investigations will be considered.
We would like to welcome all the interested experts from different countries in the world to PRE’17, which will be held on November 30 - December 2, 2017 in one of the most ancient and beautiful cities in the world: Roma.

Dominik Dorosz, Maurizio Ferrari, Laeticia Petit
PRE’17 co-chairs

Giancarlo C. Righini
PRE’17 honorary chair

SHIFT 2017

posted Oct 26, 2016, 1:55 AM by Stefano Varas   [ updated Oct 27, 2016, 1:01 AM ]

Spectral sHapIng For biomedial and energy applicaTions
Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
November, 13-17, 2017

Important dates
Abstract submission: open from december 2016

Spectral shaping of light is an emerging route for enhancing the efficiency of various solar energy harvesting, storage and conversion processes facing the increasing demand for energy supply, from photovoltaics to photocatalysis, natural and artificial photosynthesis and solar fuels generation, where usually large parts of the solar spectrum are not efficiently utilized. Moreover the use of light in life sciences, within the well-known infrared therapeutic windows (deeper penetration and lower tissue damage) and subsequent wavelength transformation to higher or lower energies provides ground-breaking applications in photodynamic cancer therapy and bio-imaging. Interdisciplinary efforts from physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, materials science and engineering will certainly be required to overcome current challenges leading the way for spectral shaping of light to be a future key technology.

"SHIFT 2017" International Conference shows up as a cutting-edge multidisciplinary platform to gather presentations and discussions of recent achievements by leading researchers in wavelength shifting luminescence processes (quantum cutting, down-shifting, up–conversion...), as a very promising and not yet fully explored route.

Join us in warm and sunny Tenerife (Canary Islands) in November 2017 to make a significant shift to state-of-the art spectral shaping for biomedical and energy applications.

The SHIFT happens in Tenerife!

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