Background: Optical sensing
Sensors measure physical, chemical or biological parameters that are critical to humans and to the environment - for example to monitor air quality or plant growth. In particular, light can be used to sense many important quantities non-invasively and optical sensing has become a very active field in both research and industry. Our group has recently developed novel nanophotonic sensing concepts, based on light confinement at the nanoscale. In particular, we demonstrated fiber-tip sensors
able to measure tiny environmental changes at a distance, and spectral sensors
which can determine the properties of materials from their spectrum. In the framework of a European project and a very large national photonics initiative
, we intend to further explore and push the limits of these two sensor technologies and demonstrate their potential in practical applicationsProject description
Two PhD studentships are available, one on fiber-tip sensors for air quality monitoring, another on spectral sensors for healthcare and agrofood. The selected candidates will perform cutting-edge research in nanophotonic sensing, including simulations, nanofabrication, optical characterization and validation in a specific application case, in collaboration with industrial partners.
The projects will be supervised by Prof. A. Fiore. The PhD students will be integrated in a young, dynamic and highly collaborative team active in this research area.