Assistant Professor of Physics
Office: Bausch & Lomb Hall 158
Phone: (585) 275-4396
Fax: (585) 273-3237
Laurea, Physics, University of Pisa, Italy, 1997; Post-Laurea Researcher, Physics, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy, 2000; Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, 2005; Postdoctoral Researcher, Physics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland, 2007; Senior Scientist, Physics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland, 2009; Assistant Professor, Physics, University of Rochester, USA, 2009-present.
Research Areas: The science and technology of semiconductor nanostructures, particularly zero-dimensional systems such as self-assembled quantum dots; fabrication at the nanometer scale; photonic materials; molecular beam epitaxy.
Current Research: Our research focuses on the fabrication and study of nanostructures that are small enough to exhibit quantum effects in their electronic properties. We integrate such nanostructures with photonic materials and study the coupling between light and matter. Such systems offer unique opportunities to perform "do-it-yourself" quantum mechanics experiments and may have important technological applications. Current areas of interest include solid-state artificial atoms (quantum dots), microcavities (photonic crystals), and solid-state cavity quantum electrodynamics (QED).
Students associated with this group: Tanya Malhotra and Yiming Lai.