Sol Carretero joined the Material Science Institute of Madrid (ICMM-CSIC) to provide the theoretical vision to the Photonic Crystals Group. She is one of our new permanent researchers as Tenure Scientist and here she talks a bit about herself.
Where do you come from?
I get graduated at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain) in 2006, and received my PhD degree in 2011 at Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain) under the supervision of Prof. Luis Martín Moreno, analysing theoretically the Extraordinary Optical Transmission in annular holes. I spent two years (2012-2013) as a post-doctoral fellow in the Photonics and Optoelectronics group headed by Prof. Jochen Feldmann at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Germany), where I was awarded the Humboldt Fellowship, involved in the theory of optical tweezers and the manipulation of nano- and micro-objects, including plasmonic and dielectric particles, living cells and bacteria. Between 2014 and 2018, I joined the Multifunctional Optical Materials group at the Institute of Materials Science of Seville (Spain) headed by Prof. Hernán Míguez where I obtained the Juan de la Cierva Incorporación contract to work on the optical design of efficient perovskite and dye-sensitized solar cells, while triggering a new research line on Casimir forces. From late 2018, I've been working as an Assistant Professor in the Laser Spectroscopy research group of Prof. Luisa Bausá at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, involved in the theory of plasmonic nanolasers.
What have you worked on so far?
Theoretical analysis of light-matter interactions at the nanoscale (Extraordinary Optical Transmission, Optical Tweezers, Solar Cells, Casimir-Lifshitz interactions, Nanolasers, LEDs...)
What will you work on?
I'll work on Optoelectronic devices and Casimir-Lifshitz interactions at the Photonic Crystals Group
Why did you choose ICMM?
I got a Tenure Scientist position to work at a world-leading institute dedicated to materials science
And a personal touch: any hobbies?
I love going hiking, life music, reading, swimming... and I am a Real Madrid supporter.
What would you like to contribute to the institute?
I'd like to try to create some mentorship for students in primary and secondary school.