PRIMALIGHT Lab

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At PRIMALIGHT we take inspiration from the the millenarian evolution of Nature, creating new class of advanced Photonic devices and materials.

The common denominator of all our systems is the presence of different scales of disorder. Disorder is the ubiquitous manifestation of Nature, which is observed everywhere. In Nature, is practically impossible to find two identical units, no matter how small is the scale that we consider. This is what builds up the heterogeneous complexity of what we see around us, and this is the starting point of our research. The main question that we pose is the following:

Can we use disorder as a building block for a new technology?

Examples of our research include, and is not limited to:

• New revolutionary process of energy harvesting

• Novel complex metamaterials that can be assembled on very large scales and enable functional operations   

   in ultrathin layers

• The harnessing of destructive natural phenomena at the nanoscale for the realization of unconventional   

   functionalities for photons

• Enlightening “superradiance” and “superdiffusive” energy dynamics sustained by randomness

• Designing new random structures for novel bio-imaging systems

• Developing new “intelligent lasers”, which achieve high-order functionalities in extremely simple materials  

   such as glasses


Our activity involves both theory, simulations and experiments. Through a large network of collaborators, we expose our student to a strong interdisciplinary activity, which we believe fundamental to address their formation as a new generation of thinkers.