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Dr. Aizpurua studies the excitation of localized surface plasmons in metallic particles induced by a variety of external probes, including light. Among others he has developed theory to understand the excitation of surface plasmons in Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM), in Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM), in Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS), in Surface-Enhanced Infrared Absorption (SEIRA), or in Scattering-type Near-field Optical Microscopy (s-SNOM), among others. The understanding of the optical response of metallic nanoantennas in all these situations has been the main focus of his research during the last years.
Javier Aizpurua achieved his Ph. D. at the University of the Basque Country on the theory of Plasmon excitation by fast electron beams. After research positions at Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden) and NIST (USA), he worked at the Donostia International Physics Center DIPC as a research Fellow. He currently holds a position as a senior scientific researcher of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) at the Materials Physics Center in San Sebastián, Spain  where he leads the research line on theory of Nanophotonics.
Dr. Nieto Vesperinas
1988-present  Research Professor (CSIC)
1987-88         Senior Research Staff (CSIC)
1983-85         Visiting Associate Professor, The University of Rochester, N.Y.
1981-87         Research Staff (CSIC)
1978-81         Assistant Professor, Spanish National Open University (UNED).
1974-78         Ph.D. Student, University of London
1968-73         Undergraduate student, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid


  • Editorial board member of  Optics Communications, (Elsevier, Amsterdam), (since 1984).
  • Editorial board member of Optics Letters, (Optical Society of America), (1987-1991).
  • Associate editor of  Journal of Multidimensional Systems and Signal Processing,
    (Kluwer, USA). (1989 - 1997).
  • Associate  editor of  Journal of the Optical Society of America A, (1991-1997).
  • Editorial board member of  Waves in Random Media, (Institute of  Physics Publishing, U.K.), (1991- 2003).
  • Editorial board member of Journal of Optics(European Optical Society, Institute of  Physics Publishing, U.K.), (2005-2009).


  • Fellow of the Optical Society of America, (since 1987), (for contributions to scattering theory, phase retrieval and optical phase conjugation).
  • Member of the Electromagnetics Academy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, (since 1990), (for distinguished work on scattering of electromagnetic waves).
  • Fellow of the Institute of Physics, U.K., (since 2002).
Dr. Sanchez-Gil
José A. Sánchez Gil is Scientific Researcher at the Instituto de Estructura de la Materia (CSIC). He graduated and received his PhD degree in physics from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 1988 and 1992, respectively; the latter under the guidance of Prof. Manuel Nieto Vesperinas, working on rough surface scattering at the Instituto de Óptica (CSIC). He spent two years (1993-1994) as a post-doctoral fellow in the Physics & Astronomy Department of the University of California, Irvine (USA), in the group of Prof. Alexei A. Maradudin, involved in the theory of weak localization phenomena of bounded waves (surface plasmons and guided waves). In 1995 he joined the Surface Spectroscopies group at the Instituto de Estructura de la Materia (CSIC) as Associate Researcher developing the Plasmonics & Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering theoretical research lines, becoming permanent research staff in 2000. During his career he has spent time at the Imperial College (London, UK), CICESE (Ensenada, México), FOM-Institute AMOLF (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), and ICD-LNIO Université de Technologie de Troyes (France). He now leads the theoretical division of the Surface Spectroscopies & Surface Plasmon Photonics group. His current research interests are in the areas of nanophotonics, plasmonics, and metamaterials, in connection with plasmonic nanoantennas, semiconductor nanowires, and hybrid nanostructures.
Dr. Sol Carretero Palacios

Sol Carretero Palacios graduated at the Autonomous University of Madrid (2006), and received her PhD degree in 2011 at the University of Zaragoza (Spain) under the supervision of Prof. Luis Martín Moreno. Her investigations dealt with the theoretical study of the mechanisms controlling light transmission through nanostructured metal films drilled with (isolated or periodically arranged) annular holes, including the complex Bull’s Eye geometry. During that time, she spent several months at the Nonlinear Physics Centre headed by Prof. Yuri Kivshar, at the Australian National University, in Canberra (Australia). After that, in 2012 she joined the Photonics and Optoelectronics group headed by Prof. Jochen Feldmann at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Germany), where she was awarded the Humboldt Fellowship for postdoctoral researchers by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She broadened the topic of her research to optical trapping and manipulation of hybrid nano and microsystems, including plasmonic and dielectric particles, living cells and bacteria, and describing not only their optical response, but also the fluid dynamics in such systems. In 2014, she joined the Multifunctional Optical Materials group at the ICMS (Spain) headed by Dr. Hernán Ruy Míguez García to extend her research on surface modes and light scattering by nanostructures for designing of solar cells, adhesion properties, and flexible materials.
Dr. Lozano

Gabriel Lozano received his Physics degree with distinction in 2006 and his PhD degree with distinction in 2010. In the CSIC Institute of Materials Science of Seville, under the supervision of Hernán Míguez, he investigated the optical properties of photonic crystals, focusing on the analysis of the optical quality of self-assembled 3D lattices. He has also worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the group headed by Jaime Gomez Rivas at FOM Institute AMOLF in Amsterdam, and has collaborated with Philips Research in the development of resonant nanophotonic structures for light emission control in illumination devices. He has experience in materials design, optical characterization and device integration. He is author of 30 SCI articles and inventor of 3 patents, which are owned by Philips. He has been recently awarded in recognition of his scientific achievements by the Royal Academy of Science of Seville with the Young Researcher Award 2013.
Dr. Zueco

Born in 1979 / Spaniard / married / 1 daughter & 1 son.

Ph. D. Physics,Universidad de Zaragoza, SPAIN, 2007.

Positions: Publication Metrics: Research interests
  • quantum open systems
    • dissipation and decoherence in quantum mechanics
    • entanglement dynamics in driven dissipative systems
    • out and in equilibrim statitistical physics
  • quantum electromagnetism
    • circuit QED
    • quantum plasmonics
    • nanomagnets
  • quantum technologies
    • quantum information processing in the solid state

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