Prof Carmen N. Afonso

Research Professor

Instituto de Optica

Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas
Serrano 121
Madrid, 28006
Spain
PH: +34 (91) 590-1617
Fax: +34 (91) 564-5557
Email: cnafonso@io.cfmac.csic.es
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Background

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.

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