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CFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences (Catalan:Institut de Ciències Fotòniques) (Spanish: Instituto de Ciencias Fotónicas) is a research center devoted to the science and technology of light. Located in Castelldefels (Barcelona, Spain), ICFO was created in 2002 by the Government of Catalonia and the Technical University of Catalonia. The Institute carries out research and trains scientists and technologists. ICFO collaborates with research centers, universities, hospitals, and a range of private companies in Spain and abroad. ICFO currently hosts about 400 researchers in 26 research groups working in over 60 laboratories. Available to them are a Nanophotonics Fabrication lab, Super-Resolution Light Microscopy & Nanoscopy Lab, an Advanced Engineering Lab and a range of other support facilities. All research groups and facilities are located in the Mediterranean Technology Park in the metropolitan area of Barcelona.

Achieving a quantum fiber

“Researchers from ICFO, Corning Incorporated, Micro Photon Devices, and Politecnico di Milano successfully demonstrate the transport of two-photon quantum states of light through a phase-separated Anderson localization optical fiber. Invented in 1970 by Corning Incorporated, low-loss optical fiber became the …

A boost in performances in fibre-integrated quantum memories

“Researchers from ICFO, IFN-CNR and Heriot-Watt University report in Science Advances the demonstration of entanglement between a fibre-integrated quantum memory and a telecommunications-wavelength photon Quantum memories are one of the building blocks of the future quantum internet. Without them …

Light derails electrons through graphene

“Researchers from ICFO in Barcelona, Columbia University, NTU in Singapore and NIMS in Japan, report in Science on experimentally achieving for the first time the bending of electrons in bilayer graphene with the use of light. The way electrons flow …

Using the universe’s coldest material to measure the world’s tiniest magnetic fields

“Using atoms only a few billionths of a degree above absolute zero, a team of researchers from ICFO and Aalto University have detected magnetic signals undetectable by any other existing sensor technology. Magnetometers measure the direction, strength or relative changes …

Quantum theory needs complex numbers

“An international team of researchers shows through a concrete theoretical experiment that the prediction by standard complex quantum theory cannot be expressed by its real counterpart and ratifies its need of complex numbers. Their results have been published in Nature …

Quantum dots enable infrared lasing at room temperature for silicon photonics

“ICFO researchers report in Nature Photonics on having achieved a solution-processed infrared laser at room temperature compatible with CMOS technology and tunable to emit in the telecommunications window. Lasers, devices that emit light in one direction, with photons traveling at …

Smallest cavity for light realized by graphene plasmons

“In a study in Science, researchers from ICFO, MIT, Duke, University of Paris-Saclay, and Universidad do Minho report on the smallest cavities ever realized for infrared light by using graphene and metallic cubes of nanometer sizes. Miniaturization has enabled so …

High color purity 3D printing

“ICFO researchers report on a new method to obtain high color purity 3D objects with the use of a new class of nanoparticles. Selective powder sintering for 3D printing has recently become an increasingly affordable solution for manufacturing made-to-order elements …

Simulating molecules with quantum simulators

“A study published in Nature provides a solution on how to simulate chemical reactions with quantum chemistry. Being able to simulate how a molecule unfolds or how it reacts with another one to produce a larger molecular compound is an …

Cooling nanotube resonators with electrons

“In a study in Nature Physics, ICFO researchers report on a technique that uses electron transport to cool a nanomechanical resonator near the quantum regime. Mechanical resonators have been used with great success as new resources in quantum technology. Carbon …