The next revolution in physics will necessarily help us understand how to reconcile quantum physics with our “classical world” and general relativity. In our research group we contribute to that aim by exploring the frontiers between the fields of Quantum Optics and Nanophotonics and pushing the technological limits of our control over light and quantum matter. In our laboratories we have developed an unprecedented control over the properties of light beams: polarization, frequency, linear and angular momentum and their quantum correlations. These complex light beams allow us to study the physical interactions of photons with fabricated nanostructures.
The applications of these lines of research are many. We aim to build the new generation of biosensors, based on quantum plasmonics, use optically levitated nanoparticles to measure with extreme precision gravitational fields and develop new optical instruments which will allow us to unveil all the information carried by the light emitted from objects (from molecules to stars).
Matt van Breugel
X. Zambrana-Puyalto, X. Vidal and G. Molina-Terriza Angular momentum-induced circular dichroism in non-chiral nanostructures Nature Comm., 5, 4922 (2014)
I. Fernandez-Corbaton, X. Zambrana-Puyalto, N. Tischler, X. Vidal, M. L. Juan, and G. Molina-Terriza Electromagnetic Duality Symmetry and Helicity Conservation for the Macroscopic Maxwell’s Equations Phys. Rev. Lett., 111, 060401 (2013)
F. Tamburini, B. Thide, G. Molina-Terriza, and G. Anzolin Twisting of light around rotating black holes Nature Physics, 7, 195-197 (2011)
G. Volpe, G. Molina-Terriza and R. Quidant Deterministic subwavelength control of light confinement in nanostructures Phys. Rev. Lett., 105, 216802 (2010)
G. Molina-Terriza, J. P. Torres, and L.Torner Twisted Photons Nature Physics, 3, 305 (2007)