Single photon sources

Single photon sources

Dibenzoterrylene (DBT) molecules hosted in thin anthracene crystals are a versatile single photon source system. We study their coupling with external nanostructures.

Antennas: Light-shaping and Plasmonics

Antennas: Light-shaping and Plasmonics

Plasmonic structures prove as test beds for studying light-matter interaction at the fundamental level, while versatile hybrid antennas provide excellent means to modulate emission patterns for various applications.

Random photonic structures

Random photonic structures

We exploit the interplay between order and disorder to control the onset of Anderson localized quasimodes in photonic slabs.

Graphene based nanosensors

Graphene based nanosensors

We envision a new generation of sensors at the nanoscale exploiting different coupling mechanisms between single emitters and a graphene monolayers, such as FRET and Casimir forces.

Transport in turbid media

Transport in turbid media

Monte Carlo simulations provide an exact solution for the Radiative Transfer Equation in turbid media, overcoming the limits of the diffusive approximation.

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Light and matter at the nanoscale

The focus of our activity on molecules for quantum optics is the combination of advanced photonic materials with organic molecules, with the idea of developing novel light-matter interfaces for quantum technologies. Single-molecule-based photon sources can be selectively coupled to the evanescent electromagnetic field of plasmonic excitations, graphene, or complex dielectric media.