From Quantum Cascade Lasers to Flat Optics for the Twenty-First Century
2019, cm 17 x 24, 98 pp. con 37 figg. n.t. a colori e 4 tavv. f.t. a colori
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Light technology is a crosscutting discipline in the twenty-first century, and Federico Capasso, among the first to demonstrate the capacities of the quantum cascade laser, is an undisputed leader in the field. In the ninth Annual Balzan Lecture, “From Quantum Cascade Lasers to Flat Optics for the Twenty-First Century”, he provides an interesting survey of his career through explanations of his inventions in the field of optics and their applications, which range from spectroscopy to medical diagnostics.
Federico Capasso was awarded the Balzan Prize for Applied Photonics in 2016. He embarked on a career lying at the interface between applied and basic solid-state science in 1977 at Bell Labs, where he began as a member of the technical staff, to later become Vice President of Physical Research from 2000 to 2003. He moved on to his current position as Robert L. Wallace Professor of Applied Physics at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, thus adding university teaching to a long career of cutting-edge research. With more than 300 papers published and over 40 US patents to his name, Capasso’s contributions to heterostructure devices and materials are universally recognized as highly creative and influential.