Topic coordinator: Sylvain Blaize


Photonics has come a long way in the last few decades and has now a profound impact on a wide range of fields and industries. Photonics is the study and application of generating, detecting, and manipulating light. The photonic device is the cornerstone of photonics and has a variety of uses. Originally focused on the telecommunications industry, photonics now has the potential to revolutionize various fields, including biology (photonic substrates), sensing (ultrasensitive sensors), energy production (high-efficiency solar cells), lighting (ultra-bright LEDs), and quantum technologies (single-photon sources, quantum information, quantum simulation).The combination of electron and photon confinement in modern photonic components has opened up new avenues for research and development, leading to the creation of novel devices and systems with improved performance. For example, the utilization of plasmons plays a significant role in shrinking the size of photonic devices. The enhancement of electric fields by plasmons allows for the creation of miniature optical components, such as nano-antennas, nanosources, sub-wavelength waveguides, and highly compact filters.


Research highlights by keywords

Instrumentation and smart optical sensors : Nearfield microscopy, portable device

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Advanced integrated photonics : Single photon, strong confinement

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Photonic materials and surfaces : 2D materials, multifunctional materials

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Alternative active devices : LED

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Current research projects and related applications

Non-exhaustive list  in alphabetic order
  • 2D materials for nonlinear and quantum photonics  (leading scientist : R. Salas-Montiel)
  • Alternative multifunctional materials and surfaces for photonics (leading scientist : G. Lerondel)
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) for nanophotonics, neuromorphic design of photonic devices (leading scientist : R. Salas-Montiel)
  • Fourier modal methods (RCWA , differential method) to design periodic nanoscale photonic devices (leading scientists : S. Blaize)
  • Holograms and large scale  nanostructured surfaces : diffractive optically variable image devices (leading scientist : G. Lerondel)
  • Hybrid single photon source in the strong couping regime and its integration in functional devices  (leading scientist : R. Bachelot)
  • Interferometry in portable devices for sensing applications (leading scientists : A. Bruyant)
  • Photonic integrated circuits (PICs) : from weak to strong coupling/confinement regime (leading scientists : S. Blaize)
  • Nanocatalysts for fuel cells (leading scientist : T. Maurer)
  • Phase-sensitive nearfield scanning optical microscopy (NSOM) for the characterization of PICs (leading scientist : S. Blaize)
  • Photo-induced force microscopy (PiFM) and infrared setups designs for material characterization (leading scientists : A. Bruyant)
  • Polymer nanomaterials for integrated optics (leading scientist : S. Jradi)
  • Optoelectronic integrated devices based on wide-bandgap (WBG) semiconductors : from energy conversion to quantum nanophotonics. (leading scientist : M. Lazar)
  • Optical strain sensors (Leading scientist : T. Maurer)
  • Quantum nanophotonic devices (leading scientist : C. Couteau)