Alessandro Massaro

Italian Institute of TechnologyItaly

Alessandro Massaro received the Laurea degree in electronic engineering and the Ph.D. degree in telecommunication engineering from the Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy, in 2001 and 2004, respectively. From 2004 to 2006 he worked as Research Scientist (post-doc) in the Department of Electromagnetism and Bioengineering at Università Politecnica delle Marche. In 2006, he spent one year in Research and Development at medical and industrial optics industry (endoscope design and optical systems). He worked for two years with National Nanotechnology Laboratory of CNR-INFM, Università del Salento, as principal investigator. He was team leader in Robotics Lab. platform of the Center for Bio-Molecular Nanotechnology of Italian Institute Technology (IIT), Arnesano, Lecce, Italy. He is currently team leader in Smart Materials platform of the Center for Bio-Molecular Nanotechnology of Italian Institute Technology (IIT), Arnesano, Lecce, Italy. His research interests are in the design and modeling of photonic band gap circuits, in the development of computer aided design (CAD) tools inthe area of integrated optics, MEMS technology and systems, and smart material implementation.

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The second volume of the book concerns the characterization approach of photonic crystals, photonic crystal lasers, photonic crystal waveguides and plasmonics including the introduction of innovative systems and materials. Photonic crystal materials promises to enable all-optical computer circuits and could also be used to make ultra low-power light sources. Researchers have studied lasers from microscopic cavities in photonic crystals that act as reflectors to intensify the collisions between photons and atoms that lead to lazing, but these lasers have been optically-pumped, meaning they are driven by other lasers. Moreover, the physical principles behind the phenomenon of slow light in photonic crystal waveguides, as well as their practical limitations, are discussed. This includes the nature of slow light propagation, its bandwidth limitation, coupling of modes and particular kind terminating photonic crystals with metal surfaces allowing to propagate in surface plasmon-polariton waves. The goal of the second volume is to provide an overview about the listed issues.

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