Our laboratory can be divided in two sections: synthesis (including infiltration) and characterization.


  • Synthesis of fine spheres (Stöber method for silica, polymerization for latex and PMMA)
  • Cambridge Nanotech atomic layer deposition (ALD) System for infiltration with oxides (Al2O3, SiO2, ZnO, Ta2O5, VO2)
  • Home made Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD) for oxides
  • Ovens and furnaces for sedimentation and thermal treatments
  • Climatic chamber
  • Magnesioredution crucible


  • Nd/YAG pulsed laser (ns)
  • Materials characterization: Raman, Luminescence
  • Photonic band gap Characterization: Transmission, Reflectance
  • Stripe length system for gain measurements
  • Integrating sphere
  • Fibre enabled confocal microscope

Ultrafast optical spectroscopy

  • Chameleon: 80 MHz mode-locked 150 fs Ti:Sa pulsed laser (680 nm-1080nm)
  • OPerA Solo: 1 KHz 130 fs Optical parametric amplifier (300 nm-2600 nm) pumped by
  • Libra: Regenerative amplifier
  • Hamamatsu Streak Camera (ps)
  • Spectra Physics Nd vanadate 80 MHz 12 ps pulsed laser
  • PicoQuant Time correlated single photon counting (TCSPC)


  • nm resolution piezo scanning stage
  • Zeiss inverted microscope attached to
  • Hamamatsu single photon detecting EM-CCD
  • Fourier imaging system
  • Angle emission setup