Published paper in Physical Review Research on May 2021

Thermo-optic phase shifters allow one to dynamically tune and control the operation of integrated-optics interferometers.  The design approach to such devices is often based on finite-element numerical simulations, which provide accurate descriptions of the underlying thermal phenomena, at the price of long computational times. Here, on the contrary, we devise an analytical model for the heat diffusion in a simplified geometrical configuration. The model describes both static and dynamic regimes, and can be conveniently applied both to three-dimensional waveguide devices inscribed by femtosecond laser pulses and to planar lithographic circuits.

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Published paper in Laser & Photonics Reviews on February 2021

Satellite‐based quantum technologies represent a possible route for extending the achievable range of quantum communication, allowing the construction of worldwide quantum networks without quantum repeaters.  This article reports on qualification of waveguides fabricated in glass by femtosecond laser micromachining for their use in a low Earth orbit space environment. The results we find, combined with the high compatibility of laser‐written optical circuits to quantum communication applications, pave the way for the use of laser‐written integrated photonic components in future satellite missions.

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Published paper in Laser & Photonics Reviews on October 2020

Femtosecond laser micromachining allows rapid and cost‐effective fabrication of thermally‐reconfigurable photonic integrated circuits with unique 3D geometries. Here we exploit thermally‐insulating 3D microstructures to decrease the power needed to induce a 2π phase shift down to 37 mW and to reduce the thermal crosstalk to a few percent for an inter‐waveguide separation down to 80 μm.

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Published paper in Optics Express on August 2020

In this work we demonstrate novel integrated-optics modulators and switches, realized in a glass substrate by femtosecond laser pulses. These devices are based on oscillating microcantilevers, machined by water-assisted laser ablation. Operation frequencies are in the range of tens of kilohertz, thus they markedly overcome the response-time limitation of other glass-based modulators, which rely on the thermo-optic effect.

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Published paper in Scientific Reports on April 2020

We propose and demonstrate an on-chip optofluidic device allowing active oscillatory microrheological measurements with sub-μL sample volume, low cost and high flexibility. The core elements of the optical part, integrated waveguides and an optical modulator, are fabricated by fs-laser writing on a glass substrate. The system performance is validated by measuring viscoelastic solutions of aqueous worm-like micelles composed by Cetylpyridinium Chloride (CPyCl) and Sodium Salicylate (NaSal).

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