Advanced Photonics Laboratory CNR Nanotec @Lecce

Exciton polaritons. Quantum fluids of light. Advanced materials.

Research themes

We are interested in the study of polariton quantum fluids of light, the investigation of frontier physics mainly related to the interactions and coupling of light with matter both from a macroscopic point of view as well as at the single particle level. We study collective coherent phenomena of condensates of Bose-Einstein in semiconductor materials, exploiting quasiparticles generated by the strong coupling between light and excited states of matter. A rich phenomenology of quantum fluids under superfluid or supersonic regimes unravels, involving the dynamics of vortex states, optically driven non-equilibrium condensates, and the expansion or trapping of quantum gases. We measure correlations of quantum states, and highly confined plasmon-polariton fields. We investigate inorganic semiconductors and organic materials from a fundamental point of view as well as for new applied concepts, like all-optical transistors, switches and logical gates.

Quantum fluids of light

By utilizing the polariton fluid properties we study what are the physical laws behind the physics of these bosons gases.

Quantised vortices

Phase singularities in bosonic quantum fluids.

Rabi oscillations

Dynamics of strongly-coupled systems.

Quantum polaritons

Quantum behaviour in the few-particle regime.

Materials engineering

We synthesize and manipulate emerging 2D materials which, due to the exciton confinement, show large binding energies, wide exciton extension and high oscillator strength at room temperature.

Organic materials

Small Bohr radii, large oscillator strength, and large polariton density.

Low-dimensional perovskites

Room-temperature polaritons without the mirrors.


Transition metal dichalcogenides have large binding energies, and large exciton oscillator strengths.

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People QFL


Grazia is an Academy Research Fellow from Aalto University, Finland, previously a Marie-Curie Fellow in the group of Päivi Törmä. Her interests ...



Clara is a PhD student from the from the Multifunctional Materials Group (CSIC-US) at the Institute of Materials Science of Seville ans id doing a research...



We are currently looking for talented and motivated students with Physics and Materials Science backgrounds to join the group in experimental positions. Several research projects are available, and...

How we work


Access. We have state-of-the-art facilities for growing and processing inorganic, organic, and molecular semiconductors.


Philosophy. We believe in free research and free thinking. We dislike the military structure which often emerges even in groups that are working in an informal environment.


Participation. We are all involved in every aspect of the research activities and share the same passion for making interesting and innovative explorations while having fun.


Ideas. Research is based on ideas and imagination. Any effort to control them is boycotting science at large.

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