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The research group led by Prof Giulio Cerullo from the Politecnico di Milano together with Dr Tersilla Virgili from IFN- Milano  in collaboration with  two others  CNR institutes (NEST and   NANO), has studied the photophysics   by ultrafast spectroscopy of poly (3-hexylthiophene) configured with different degrees of supramolecular ordering. In combination with theoreti- cal modeling, the  experimental results reveal the origin of the primary photoexcitations, the observation of optical gain  in nanostructured opens   the possibility to the use of polythio- phene nanostructures as building blocks of organic optical amplifiers and active photonic devices.

To download the paper:        https://rdcu.be/bBKt1



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Fotonica e nanotecnologie al 
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l'IFN alla Triennale di Milano
L'IFN di Milano sbarca alla XXII
Triennale Internazionale "Broken
Nature: Design Takes on Human
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Rosetta: nuove scoperte scientifiche
Da 2 anni e mezzo la sonda Rosetta “riposa”   sulla superficie della cometa,  ma l’analisi dei dati scientifici raccolti continua. I ricercatori che analizzano le immagini acquisite dallo strumento OSIRIS hanno fatto ancora nuove scoperte sulle faglie presenti sulla superficie della cometa e sul loro collegamento con la    forma bilobata assunta dalla cometa.


Rosetta: new insights into comet geological evolution

Since the end of September 2016, the Rosetta spacecraft is “sleeping” on the comet surface. Nevertheless scientists are still working on the acquired data. Using high resolution images provided by OSIRIS, new insights into the geology of comet surface and its interior have been obtained.


Nature Photonics

The research group led by Dr. Roberto Osellame has developed an innovative technique of 3D laser lithography for the nano-structuring of crystalline materials. This process, based on  the use of ultrashort pulsed lasers to locally modify the response of the materials to  chemical etching, allows to create three-dimensional nano-optical devices directly inside dielectric crystals like YAG and sapphire, which play a key role in many photonic applications.

Article on Nature





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