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Scientists from ITMO University were granted the right to conduct an experiment on XFEL, the world's largest free-electron laser. The project will be carried out in collaboration with researchers from Germany and France. It will also be the first project at the European XFEL managed by a group of Russian scientists. The experiment is devoted to the study of nanowhiskers - nanomaterials with high spatial and energy resolution of the electronic structure and atomic formation. Among the potential applications of nanowhiskers, or threadlike nanocrystals, are various areas of electronics and medicine. Read out article to learn more about the project and its future prospects.
The Russian Ministry of Education and Science, along with the Presidential Grant Council, have announced the results of the open competition for presidential scholarships. These scholarships are provided to young scientists and postgraduate students who work on R&D in top-priority areas vital to the modernization of the Russian economy in 2018-2020. More than 2,000 applications were made; among 575 scholarship winners, 11 came from ITMO University.
Scientists designed the first subwavelength dielectric resonators for light trapping at nanoscale that appears to be the simple silicon cylinder which is a hundred times thinner than a human hair. Such a structure is capable of trapping light ten times longer than any conventional resonator. Along with a simple shape and small size, this new resonator is a promising basis for the design of powerful nanolasers, biosensors, and various light transmitting devices. The results were published in Physical Review Letters.
Sergei Kozlov, Dean of ITMO’s Department of Photonics and Optical Information Technologies was officially awarded the honorary title "Honored Science Worker of the Russian Federation". The title is awarded for significant contribution to the development of science, creation of new scientific schools and outstanding achievements in training young sciencists. The official ceremony for the award was held on December 15 in Smolny Palace, which is the seat of St. Petersburg’s administration. Professor Kozlov told ITMO.NEWS about his scientific interests, ideal team, criteria for successful research and development and new promising areas in photonics.
From November 27 to December 6, ITMO University hosted CROPS 2017 - a Chinese-Russian symposium for young scientists in the field of optics and photonics. The event gathered 76 researchers from both countries.The Chinese side was represented by scientists from Changchun University of Science and Technology, Suzhou Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Technology (SIBET) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Huazong University of Science and Technology, and Nankai University. Amongst the Russian participants were representatives of Orel State University, Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University, Crimean Federal University, Saratov State University, Bauman Moscow State Technical University and ITMO University, as well as research fellows from the Federal Almazov North-West Medical Research Center.
Optics & Photonics News journal has recognised a recent study on three-dimensional topological insulators as one of the year’s most promising advances in photonics. These structures are capable of controlling light without any losses caused by absorption and defects of material, showing great potential for application in communication networks, antennas and optical computers.
"Travel Is The Key To A Career In Science": Biophotonics Specialist Maria Borovkova On How To Be Successful, While Studying And Working In Three Countries
Photonics is a scientific field which studies the applied aspects of working with optical signals; for many, it is still an obscure area. According to Maria Borovkova, PhD student at the University of Oulu and ITMO, who studies in Finland on a double-degree program, photonics, first and foremost, is a source of countless applications for optical signals. Photonics research makes possible the invention of devices and technologies that are designed to make people's lives easier. Biophotonics, which Maria is currently doing research in, helps solve some of the most challenging issues on the planet: cancer detection, Alzheimer's disease and many others. Maria Borovkova told ITMO.NEWS why photonics is one of the most important areas today, what is so special about the life of modern scientists and what opportunities should not be missed while you are still studying.
Alena Shchelokova, Presidential Scholarship Recipient: To Achieve Something, You Have to Get Over Yourself
Over the course of one’s life, everyone has to make decisions that can change its course and open new opportunities. Alena Shchelokova, PhD student at ITMO’s Department of Nanophotonics and Metamaterials did not shy away from leaving her home country for St. Petersburg, focusing on a new field of science, participating in a contest and going to Australia to conduct research. The young scientist spoke about how leaving one’s comfort zone can become a h abit and wh y it is essential to know your work’s worth and take pride in it.
A team of researchers from ITMO University, headed by Professor Nikolai Rozanov and in collaboration with their Russian colleagues from St. Petersburg State University’s Department of Optics and German colleagues from Uwe Morgner’s Ultrafast Optics Group at Leibniz University (Hannover), has acquired valuable results on the matter of propagation of extremely short optical pulses in resonant mediums.
An international scientific team has modeled and conducted an experiment in the course of which they have managed to produce an electrically pumped spin-polarized polariton laser. This allows for a reduction in the laser’s energy consumption levels and control over the output polarization. This is achieved thanks to the use of magnetic materials in the device’s contacts: the electrons that come into contact with the laser have a preferred spin direction, which allows for effective spin pumping. Polariton lasers are very promising for the very reason that they do not require high amounts of energy. In addition, they work at room temperatures. Due to this, they can be used in portable electronics, optical computers and communication devices. Results of the experiment have been published in Physical Review Letters.