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Romain Quidant

Romain Quidant

Romain Quidant (Dijon, 1975) received his PhD in Physics in 2002 from the University of Dijon (France). Since then he has worked in Barcelona at ICFO in the field of nanoplasmonics. In 2006, he was appointed junior Professor and group leader of the Plasmon NanoOptics group at ICFO. In 2009, he became ICREA Professor and tenure group leader at ICFO.

Quidant carries out his research at ICFO – Institut de Ciencies Fotoniques in Barcelona where he leads the “Plasmon nanooptics” group. His research focuses on the study of the optical properties of metal nano-structures, known as nanoplasmonics. The activities of his group cover both fundamental and applied research. The fundamental part of his work is mainly directed towards enhanced light/matter interaction for quantum optics. From a more applied viewpoint, his group investigates news strategies to control light and heat at the nanometer scale for biomedical applications, including early detection and photothermal therapy of cancer. Quidant has pioneered several important milestones in the field of nano-optics and nanoplasmonics. In particular he demonstrated for the first time the concept of plasmonic nano-optical tweezers, which are having great impact in trapping and manipulation of nanoscale objects down to single biomolecules. He is also one of the pioneers of the field of thermoplasmonics that studies the photothermal properties of plasmonic nanoparticles and their application to biosciences. More recently he largely contributed to the field of optomechanics with the development of a novel platform based on an optically levitating nanoparticle in vacuum, with unique properties and key applications to nanoscale thermodynamics, metrology and experimental quantum mechanics.

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