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The Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (ICMM) is an institute of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC) (Spanish National Research Council) founded in December 1986, that belongs to the Area of Science and Technology of Materials, one of the eight Areas in which the CSIC divides its research activities.


Our mission is to create new fundamental and applied knowledge in materials of high technological impact, their processing and their transfer to the productive sectors at local, national and European scales (the true value of materials is in their use), the training of new professionals, and the dissemination of the scientific knowledge.

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Topological Wilson-Hubbard matter: a bridge between condensed matter and high-energy physics
Alejandro Bermúdez  read more


Infrared spectromicroscopy and imaging with six decades of dynamic range
Ferenc Borondics  read more


2018 Nobel Prize in Physics, Part II:
Ultraintense Ultrashot Lasers: New Scientific Applications Allowed by the CPA Technology

Prof. Luis Roso   read more


Ricardo García, del ICMM, recibirá la distinción Beller lectureship de la American Physical Society durante el March Meeting de la APS (Boston, 4-8 Marzo, 2019)

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Photonic crystals for nano-light in moiré graphene superlattices

S. S. Sunku, G. X. Ni, B. Y. Jiang, H. Yoo, A. Sternbach, A. S. McLeod, T. Stauber, L. Xiong, T. Taniguchi, K. Watanabe, P. Kim, M. M. Fogler, D. N. Basov

Graphene is an atomically thin plasmonic medium that supports highly confined plasmon polaritons, or nano-light, with very low loss. Electronic properties of graphene can be drastically altered when it is laid upon another graphene layer, resulting in a moiré superlattice. The relative twist angle between the two layers is a key tuning parameter of the interlayer coupling in thus-obtained twisted bilayer graphene (TBG). We studied the propagation of plasmon polaritons in TBG by infrared nano-imaging. We discovered that the atomic reconstruction occurring at small twist angles transforms the TBG into a natural plasmon photonic crystal for propagating nano-light. This discovery points to a pathway for controlling nano-light by exploiting quantum properties of graphene and other atomically layered van der Waals materials, eliminating the need for arduous top-down nanofabrication.

Science, 2018

(A and C) Nano-IR images obtained for λp = 135 nm and 282 nm. (B and D) Near-field amplitude and phase images calculated using the superposition model (introduced in the text). The model parameters used to obtain the images are (B) μ = 0.23 eV, Vi = 0.3 V, and η = 0.2 and (D) μ = 0.35 eV, Vi = 0.1 V, and η = 0.2. The dashed hexagons represent the boundaries of a single unit cell, and the magenta bars represent the SPP wavelengths.

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