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Photonics is a key technology of multidisciplinary nature enabling the production of devices and systems of high impact for the society. Main applications are in solar energy conversion, information and telecommunications, biomedicine, environmental and food quality monitoring, security, smart mobility and  domotics, aerospace and cultural heritage.

IMM has a consolidated expertise  in the development of innovative materials, devices and systems for photonics. Main activities are related to the design, fabrication and characterization of:

  • new optoelectronic components, also based on quantum and nanotechnologies, to be integrated in the next generation of micro/nanoelectronic circuits for on-chip and intra-chip optical interconnects. The perspective is to overcome the present limits in terms of electrical power dissipation and delay in signal propagation. Such devices and technologies will also find applications in future optical networks capable of secure and ultrafast data transmission.
  • advanced photonic systems and devices for sensing, diagnostics and imaging, whose  applications range from  health to cultural heritage, from environmental and food monitoring to precision agriculture, from security to transports.
  • innovative devices and technologies for photovoltaics and solar energy conversion.

The Institute research activities in Photonics are grouped in the three main areas of Optoelectronics, Energy conversion devices, and Plasmonics and nanophotonics.


Coordinator: Salvatore Lombardo

Development of Innovative Optical Methods for label free Interferometric Imaging

3D Quantitative Imaging

This research activity aims to investigate an alternative approach for the morphological characterization of microscopic objects (biological or not biological) using...

Planar photonics with Metasurface: field enhancement in dielectric structures


Topic A: With the recent advances in micro and nanofabrication methods it is possible to control the flow of light in a way that was not possible before. In particular, metasurfaces have...

Volume Holographic Optical Elements: Design and Possible Applications

Volume Holographic Optical Elements (V-HOEs), such as holographic gratings and spherical lenses, are designed and fabricated by using a prototype of photopolymer. The recording process of V-HOEs...

Optical characterization of natural photonic structures

Optical properties of natural materials have been numerically and experimentally characterized in order to understand their function in living organisms and, furtherly, to exploit them in bio-...

Silicon photonics for ICT and optical interconnects

The activity is mainly focused on the on the design, fabrication and characterization of silicon photonic and optoelectronic devices able to modulate and generate light. A first activity concerns ...