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SMS 2017

posted Aug 8, 2017, 3:43 PM by Stefano Varas   [ updated Aug 8, 2017, 3:44 PM ]

6th International Summer School on Smart Materials & Structures

This year the ​​ International Summer School on Smart Materials & Structures is held in Trento, Italy, in the period July 25-28, 2017. The scope of the school is to provide an overview of smart technologies from a cross-disciplinary perspective with special focus on optical sensors, wireless sensor networks, smart materials, nano- and micro-technologies, NDT evaluation and decision making.

The school lecturers include:
Branko Glisic (Princeton University, USA)
Dionisio Bernal (Northeastern University, USA)
Wieslaw Ostachowicz (Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland)
Marcus Perry (University of Strathclyde, UK)
Matteo Pozzi (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)

You can find more information on the School program at:

Who should attend
The school addresses graduate students and postdocs pursuing research in the field of smart materials and structures.

The registration fee is €400.00. Register by July 14, 2017, at

The school offers 5 scholarships covering the registration fee ​​ to support the participation of international students. Scholarship application deadline is June 30, 2017. To apply, please visit the school website at

For any further help needed, please contact me or visit the school website at

Seminar Announcement: Luigi Sirleto

posted Jun 27, 2017, 1:04 AM by Stefano Varas   [ updated Jun 27, 2017, 1:04 AM ]

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 15:00
Sala Grande Palazzina B via alla Cascata 56/C

"Advances in stimulated Raman scattering in nanostructures"

Luigi Sirleto
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR),
Istituto per la Microelettronica e Microsistemi, Napoli, Italy

Stimulated Raman scattering is essentially a “light amplification”, and some of the most important applications are light amplifiers and laser sources. Important achievements have been obtained in the fields of fiber amplification and integrated photonics.
However, photonics components, currently used in optical interconnects, are relatively large and not ideally suited to on-chip integration. A reduction in the size of integrated optical devices, while maintaining a high level of performance, is a key challenge in photonics. On this line of argument, the ability to construct nano-objects is expected to have a significant impact in the future, leading to the development of fully functional nanodevices, such as nanoscale optical sources. The aim of this talk is to review accomplishments in the field of stimulated Raman scattering in nanostructures, to delineate the state of the art, and to identify the emerging trends and remaining challenges.

Seminar Announcement: Maria Aymerich

posted May 31, 2017, 2:33 AM by Stefano Varas   [ updated May 31, 2017, 2:33 AM ]

Monday, 29 May 2017, 15:00
Sala Grande Palazzina B via alla Cascata 56/C

"Laser microstructuring of materials for biomedical applications"

Maria Aymerich
Dep. Fisica Applicata, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
A Coruña, Spain

In this talk, microstructuring of different materials with laser for biomedical applications will be presented. Firstly, we will comment how endothelial cell behaviour can be altered by modifying the surface topography of biocompatible materials using the Talbot effect and a microlens array. Secondly, the fabrication and biological validation of a microchip for capturing circulating tumour cells will be shown. Finally, we will focus on the design and fabrication of preclinical devices that mimic large blood vessels for performing flux experiments to study cardiovascular pathologies. The biocompatibility of the device will be presented as well as a study of different sol-gel coatings to enhance the lifetime of these devices.

Siamo Europa

posted May 31, 2017, 2:24 AM by Stefano Varas   [ updated May 31, 2017, 2:31 AM ]

Da venerdì 12 maggio ore 09:00 a domenica 14 maggio ore 18:00
Trento, piazza Fiera, 12-13-14 maggio 2017

A 60 anni dai Trattati di Roma l'annuale Festa dell'Europa si dà una nuova veste. Dal 12 al 14 maggio in piazza Fiera si svolgerà "Siamo Europa", una tre giorni dedicata all'Unione europea: incontri, spettacoli, libri, presentazione di progetti...e altro ancora.

Sarà presente anche CNR-IFN con uno stand informativo, che presentarà il suo progetto di ricerca cofinanziato dal programma europeo ERANet-LAC 2nd Joint Call on Research and Innovation.
RECOLA - Recovery of lanthanides and other metals from WEEE

Vieni a trovarci

Photo Gallery, RECOLA - Siamo Europa - 12-13-14 May 2017


Seminar Announcement: Anna Lukowiak

posted May 3, 2017, 1:46 PM by Stefano Varas   [ updated May 3, 2017, 1:46 PM ]

Tuesday, 2 May 2017, 15:00
Sala Grande Palazzina B via alla Cascata 56/C

"Recovery of lanthanides from WEEE"

Anna Lukowiak
Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research, Polish Academy of Sciences
Wroclaw, Poland

Due to the demand of policies of many countries, there is a strong need to significantly reduce the number of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE; e-waste) accumulated at dump that are very dangerous for the environment. On the other hand, many crucial materials and elements can be recovered from these wastes. Rare earth metals are one of them.
This lecture will present the state of art of the topic on the basis of the recently started ERANET-LAC project RECOLA involving a consortium of Research Institutes and Universities operating in Europe and South America.
The innovative concept presented in the RECOLA project is based on development of methodologies to extract rare earths (and other metals) from e-waste in order to allow efficient waste management and reintroduction economy of secondary raw materials. The RECOLA project activity is expected to succeed in development/realization of:

  • physical, chemical and mechanical processes of e-waste treatment;
  • specific nanostructured materials for metals extraction and separation;
  • recovered rare earth compounds, well characterized and ready for reuse.

The overall objective is therefore to change the strategic material recovery procedure in a way that will allow economic benefits without affecting the environment.

Seminar Announcement: Wieslaw Strek

posted May 3, 2017, 1:45 PM by Stefano Varas   [ updated May 3, 2017, 1:45 PM ]

Tuesday, 2 May 2017, 11:00
Sala Grande Palazzina B via alla Cascata 56/C

"Laser Induced White Emission in Nanosized Materials"

Wieslaw Strek
Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research, Polish Academy of Sciences
Wroclaw, Poland

Laser induced white emission (LIWE) has been recently reported for a number of nanosized materials, such as: rare earth doped nanocrystalline powders, transparent undoped nanocrystals, and graphene composites. It was shown that LIWE is the broadband anti-Stokes emission characterized by several characteristic features:

  • threshold behavior on excitation density,
  • nonlinear dependence on excitation power P,
  • efficient photocurrent,
  • dependence on atmospheric pressure,
  • dependence on concentration of active ions,
  • dependence on temperature of sample,
  • low temperature of white emission,
  • long rise and decay times.

The examples of LIWE experimental results will be presented. A mechanism leading to white emission will be discussed in terms of avalanche multiphoton ionization and intervalence charge transfer transitions.

Seminar Announcement: Barbara Rossi

posted Apr 20, 2017, 1:40 AM by Stefano Varas   [ updated Apr 20, 2017, 1:40 AM ]

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 15:00
Sala Grande Palazzina B via alla Cascata 56/C

UV Resonant Raman scattering beamline at Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste: a platform for material science

Barbara Rossi
Elettra – Sincrotrone Trieste

Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste is a multidisciplinary international research center of excellence, specialized in generating high quality synchrotron and free-electron laser light and applying it in materials and life sciences. In particular, the IUVS beamline@Elettra is devoted to the study of inelastic scattering with ultraviolet radiation, in a time-space domain not accessible at present by other facilities. We introduce here the synchrotron-based resonant Raman scattering instrument working in the UV spectral range, newly developed on IUVS. This set-up, which exploits the UV synchrotron radiation source available at Elettra results in an innovative spectroscopic facility to be used for addressing a large array of open problems, ranging from the electronic properties of nanostructures and strongly correlated materials to biophysical and biochemical systems. Selected case studies will be discussed in order to show the possible applications of the Raman set-up and the areas of interactions with other research interests.

Seminar Announcement: Yann Boucher

posted Apr 15, 2017, 10:46 AM by Stefano Varas   [ updated Apr 15, 2017, 10:47 AM ]

Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 15:00
Sala Grande Palazzina B via alla Cascata 56/C

All-Analytical Modelling of Photonic Structures: Mode-Coupling and Resonators

Yann Boucher
FOTON Lab (CNRS UMR 6082) Lannion, France

All-analytical modelling provides an attractive way of investigating the main optical features of active or passive photonic structures, using simple tools (most notably that of Linear Algebra) in order to follow the influence of each relevant parameter while still retaining the physical picture. In this respect, resonators and couplers are key elements with universal signification: confining the field enhances light-matter interaction, with the added advantage of spectral selectivity, while the Q-factor depends heavily on the input/output coupler.
We’ll notably present the potential of Extended (3x3) Transfer Matrix Formalism including sources, an original approach enabling one to describe the spectral and energetic properties of an active single-mode resonator, from Amplified Spontaneous Emission to laser oscillation.
We’ll also discuss resonant modal conversion in a two-mode waveguide coupled to a single-mode microring resonator presenting possible Kerr-type nonlinearity.

I computer del futuro? Saranno di diamanti

posted Apr 11, 2017, 1:21 AM by Stefano Varas   [ updated Apr 11, 2017, 1:21 AM ]

CNR - Comunicato stampa 98/2016


Realizzati per la prima volta circuiti fotonici in diamante per computer quantistici in grado di fornire una potenza di calcolo infinitamente superiore rispetto ai pc tradizionali. Lo studio internazionale, coordinato congiuntamente dall’Ifn-Cnr e dal Dipartimento di fisica del Politecnico di Milano, è pubblicato su Nature Scientific Reports. Gli innovativi strumenti consentirebbero di risolvere problemi dall’elevata complessità di calcolo come le previsioni dei cambiamenti climatici o le variazioni del mercato azionario e troverebbero impiego anche nella diagnostica medica.

Particolare del sistema laser di fabbricazione dei circuiti in diamante

IQP 2017

posted Apr 11, 2017, 1:20 AM by Stefano Varas

9th Optoelectronics and Photonics Winter School: IQP – Integrated Quantum Photonics
Alpen Hotel Eghel, Folgaria (Trento, Italy)
March 26th - April 1st, 2017

Dear Colleague,
this is the final announcement of the 9th Optoelectronics and Photonics Winter School: IQP – Integrated Quantum Photonics.

The School is addressing specific topics of high importance within the international scientific community of Optoelectronics and Photonics. It aims in bringing together a large number of PhD students and young researchers from all parts of the world which across a one-week intense schedule follow a series of lectures on selected topics. The lectures are held by internationally recognized experts in the field. At the same, the students are encouraged to enjoy the beautiful location where the school is organized.

The School will take place in Folgaria near Trento (Italy) on March 26th-April 1st, 2017.

This is the 9th edition of the Optoelectronics and Photonics Winter School series traditionally held in Trentino region every second year.

This time, the Organizing Committee has chosen the topic of Integrated Quantum Photonics following the research activities of the organizing institutes and paving the way to the next EC Flagship on Quantum Technologies.

Lecturers will include:

Mario Agio - University of Siegen, Germany
Martin Booth - University of Oxford, UK
Massimo Borghi - University of Trento, Italy
Gianluca Boso - ID Quantique, Switzerland
Tommaso Calarco - Ulm University, Germany
Iacopo Carusotto - INO-CNR BEC Center, Italy
Jonathan Finley - Walter Schottky Institut - Technische Universität München, Germany
Andrea Fiore - Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Netherlands
Gerd Leuchs - Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Erlangen, Germany
Marco Liscidini - University of Pavia, Italy
Jonathan Matthews - Centre for Quantum Photonics – University of Bristol, UK
Georg Pucker - Bruno Kessler Foundation, Italy
Roberta Ramponi - IFN-CNR - Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Fabio Sciarrino - Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Peter WF Smith - University of Southampton, UK
David Stoppa – FBK, Trento, Italy
Sébastien Tanzilli - Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, France
Philip Walther - University of Vienna, Austria

More detailed information can be found on the school webpage:

The deadline for application is February 28th, 2017

We would be grateful if you would bring this announcement to the attention of PhD students, postdocs, young and senior researchers interested in this field.

the organizers,
Roberta Ramponi and Lorenzo Pavesi

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