ICTP-SAIFR School in Nonlinear Optics and Nanophotonics, San Paulo, Brazil, November 25 – December 6, 2013
6th ‘RIO DE LA PLATA’ WORKSHOP ON LASER DYNAMICS AND NONLINEAR PHOTONICS, Montevideo, Uruguay, December 9-12, 2013
Our article in Scientific Reports (May 2013) was featured in the printed edition of Terrassa newspaper and in the digital edition of El Periodico. Watch the short interview of TV Terrassa to Andres Aragoneses, first author of the paper.
Welcome to Cristina Masoller's homepage
Here you will find a description of my research activities, teaching activities, and much more (last updated: 28/09/2013)
I am Associated Professor in the Departament de Física i Enginyeria Nuclear (DFEN) in the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in the research group on Nonlinear Dynamics, Nonlinear Optics and Lasers (DONLL). My office and the Semiconductor Laser Laboratory are located at the Gaia Building (map), Campus Terrassa (Barcelona, Spain).
Google scholar: http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=esTS9GsAAAAJ
My research is focused in dynamical complex systems, which constitute a fascinating interdisciplinary research field with applications in physics, technology, life and social sciences, etc. A main research line is in photonics, and in particular, in the nonlinear dynamics of semiconductor lasers (SLs). I am interested in the influence of external perturbations (such as optical feedback or injection) and stochastic effects, and their interplay with intrinsic laser nonlinearities. Our goal is to exploit the nonlinear dynamics of SLs for novel applications, such as optical neurons, regular all-optical square-wave switching and all-optical stochastic logic gates.
Another research line is focused on symbolic time series analysis, applied to the study of stochastic and high-dimensional complex systems, such as the climate and systems with time delays (for example, semiconductor lasers with feedback). Here the goal of our research is to identify signatures of determinism in noisy time-series. The Semiconductor Laser Laboratory is very well equipped for this research, as we are able to record experimentally very long time series of intensity dropouts (low-frequency-fluctuations) under controlled conditions.
Read more about my research.
My work is funded by Institució Catalana de Recerca I Estudis Avançats (ICREA) through a five-year Academia Award (2010-2014), the Marie-Curie Initial Training Network ITN LINC (2011-2014 EU FP7 grant 289447; I am the Coordinator) and the European Office of Aerospace Research & Development (EOARD grant FA8655-12-1-2140, 2012-2013). I am also involved in the projects of the research group DONLL in UPC, which are funded by the Spanish Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación and the Agència de Gestió d’Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (AGAUR) of the Generalitat de Catalunya. Read more about my projects.
I teach undergraduate courses at the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Enginyeries Industrial i Aeronàutica de Terrassa (ETSEIAT) and graduate courses at the Master Program in Photonics offered by UPC, UAB, UB and ICFO. Read more about my teaching activities and find here the lecture notes.
PhD students: I am currently supervising 5 PhD students (Andres Aragoneses, Sandro Perrone, Taciano Sorrentino, Ignacio Deza and Giulio Tirabassi). Past PhDs: Jordi Zamora-Munt (now a postdoctoral researcher at IFISC, Universitat de les Illes Balears, Spain).
I received my Bachelor (1989) and Master (1991) degrees in physics from Universidad de la República, in Montevideo, Uruguay. I received my PhD (1999) degree in physics from Bryn Mawr College (BMC), Pennsylvania, USA. My thesis was on Nonlinear Dynamics in Semiconductor Lasers with Optical Feedback, supervised by Prof. Neal B. Abraham. Follow this link for pictures of my graduation at BMC
Before joining UPC in 2004 with a Ramon and Cajal fellowship (a postdoctoral senior grant, funded by the Spanish government), from 1986 to 2004 I was Associated Professor at the Instituto de Física, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de la República, in Montevideo, Uruguay, where I still have friends and collaborators (you might have noticed that I keep my home page in Uruguay). Since 2009 I am Associated Professor in UPC, and in 2009 I received the ICREA Academia Award from Generalitat de Catalunya.
─ Conferences and workshops
- That I have attended: you can find here the list of the conferences and workshops that I attended (since 1989), with photos and the slides of my presentations
- That I am organizing:
- A two-week School in Nonlinear Optics and Nanophotonics that will take place in San Paulo, Brazil, from November 25 – December 6, 2013.
- The 6th ‘RIO DE LA PLATA’ WORKSHOP ON LASER DYNAMICS AND NONLINEAR PHOTONICS that will take place in Montevideo, Uruguay, December 9-12, 2013.
─ Member of professional societies
─ Hobbies and other personal stuff
You can find some of my favorite photos at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/77751779@N03/. I don’t play any golf or tennis yet (perhaps when I retire) but I am a big fan of mountain trekking and a member of the Centre Excursionista de Catalunya (. I love skiing and I am very proud of a couple of black runs in the Alps that I somehow managed to finish and survive to. Other of my favorite stuff include great pictures by in LLanberris, Wales, UK; and , a great place to stay with friends, also in Llanberris.
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