Tenured Scientist

Photonic Crystals Group


Disorder, randomness and broken symmetries are ubiquitous in nature and appear at very different lengths scales from atomic lattices to intergalactic dust. Entropy induces imperfection and disorder in different materials at scales commensurable to visible and near infrared electromagnetic wavelengths which ultimately leads to complexity phenomena. Multiple wave scattering through these systems emerge from the interaction between different waves and imperfection giving rise to heat generation, light diffusion or light localization. At first sight, this may be seen as a problem but it can also be used to our advantage in technologies involving the emission or propagation of light for, e.g., energy harvesting, imaging, lasing, quantum optics, information generation and processing. My primary scientific goal is to explore these functionalities induced by disorder.