Seminar-"Beyond Gaussian optics: theory and applications" —Andrea Aiello-Max Planck, Institute for Light

Friday, November 20, 2020 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.


Recently, I have shown that light waves with (en)tangled polarization, intensity and phase structures, can be leveraged for single-shot polarimetry, ultrafast position sensing, extreme focusing and more. The use of structured light is becoming increasingly popular for both fundamental research and technological applications ranging from nano-lithography to biosensing. In this talk I will illustrate some characteristics and utilizations of structured light through various examples, ranging from classical optics to quantum optomechanics.


Andrea Aiello received his Master degree (Laurea) in experimental physics in 1995, and the Ph.D. degree in theoretical physics in 2000, both from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. After one year working on applications of medical physics at ENEA and ISS in Rome, in 2001 he joined the Quantum Optics and Quantum Information group directed by Han Woerdman at Leiden University (The Netherlands), as a postdoctoral fellow. In Leiden he made contributions in nonlinear quantum optics, high-dimensional photon entanglement, quantum information optical processing, Mueller and Stokes polarimetry with coherent and incoherent light, excess noise in lasers, wave chaos, Goos-Hänchen and Imbert-Fedorov shifts. In 2008 he settled in Erlangen (Germany), at Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL) and at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU). In 2009 he was awarded with an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers (duration 1.5 years). He received the “Dr. habil. rer. nat.” degree (German Habilitation for full professor) from FAU, and the the “Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale alla funzione di professore universitario di prima fascia, settore concorsuale 02/B2” (Italian Habilitation for full professor) from “La Sapienza”, in 2016 and 2017, respectively. He is coauthor of more than 110 peer-reviewed journal publications, several book chapters and more than 30 invited talks. His current research area includes optomechanics, angular momentum of light in structured waves, chiral light and its interactions with matter, extreme focusing of light, classical field theory, machine learning.

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