Instituto de Optica
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas
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Carmen N. Afonso is Research Professor at the Optics Institute of the Spanish
Research Council (CSIC) where she has initiated in the eighties the Laser Processing
Group which is currently a 20-person group.
The research activities of the Group initially focused on the understanding
and controlling of laser – matter interactions. This was mainly done through
dynamic studies using real time optical measurements with nano and picosecond
resolution, with particular emphasis on ultrafast phase transformations for
optical data storage.
More recently, research has also focused on the production of nanostructured
materials with improved responses and their application to integrated optical
devices. The Group is one of the pioneers in using pulsed laser deposition for
nanostructuring materials and using this nanostructuring concept for both understanding
interactions in the nanometer scale and optimising optical response of materials.
It takes part in several projects involving collaborations with groups in other
areas and countries. The results of her research are summarized in more than
220 peer-reviewed journal publications, several book chapters and conferences.