Dr Giuliana Di Martino
Giuliana is an explorer. During her career she has investigated how light interacts with matter focusing on different applications such as optoelectronic nanosystems, quantum optics, quantum plasmonics, and solar cells.
Giuliana Di Martino's academic interests include:
- Light-matter interaction
- High precision experimental nanophotonics
- Quantum optics.
- PhD in Physics, Imperial College London, 2011 – 2014.
- Master Degree summa cum laude in Physics (70/70 cum laude), Scuola Superiore di Catania, 2008 – 2010.
- Master Degree summa cum laude in Physics (110/110 cum laude), University of Catania, 2008 – 2010.
- Bachelor Degree summa cum laude in Physics (70/70 cum laude), Scuola Superiore di Catania, 2005 – 2008.
- Bachelor Degree summa cum laude in Physics (110/110 cum laude), University of Catania, 2005 – 2008.
Awards and prizes
- CSWP Woman Physicist of the Month, American Physical Society, November 2014.
- 2014 ABTA Doctoral Researcher Award - Honourable Mention - Category: Natural and Life Sciences, May 2014.
- Best talk in PGR Symposium, Imperial College London, June 2013.
- Best poster presentation in PGR Symposium, Imperial College London, July 2013.
- Physics Olympic games – Placed among the best 1% in the regional final rank, February 2005.
- Physics Olympic games – Placed among the best 1% in the regional final rank, February 2003.
- Mathematics Olympic games – “XI Etniade Matematica” – placed 6th in the final rank, May 2002.
Her experience in the fields of plasmonics, high precision experimental nanophotonics, and quantum optics covers both applied and fundamental aspects.
Her research career started already during her bachelor thesis work which led to the understanding of light absorption and electrical transport in Si:O alloys for photovoltaics (J. of Appl. Phys. 108). Her visit to Prof Luca Dal Negro in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Boston University led to her early investigations exploring plasmon enhanced light harvesting for solar devices (Optics Express, 20, S3, A418).
During her PhD, completed in 2014 in the group of Prof Stefan Maier, Imperial College London, she pioneered the quantum optics of plasmonics, demonstrating for the first time the bosonic nature of plasmons (Phys. Rev. Appl. 1, 034004) and proved the preservation of quantum nature in lossy plasmonic systems (Nano Lett. 12, 2504).
She has also been involved in studying the directionality of plasmonic scattering (ACS Nano 8, 8232; Nano Lett. 13, 3843; Optics Express 20, 4893). Her recognition on an international scale in the quantum plasmonic community led to the publication of an invited book chapter for Springer (Reviews in Plasmonics, 2015).
She is currently interested in engineering nano devices for advanced information technologies, exploiting nano assembly, and optoelectronic nano systems (Nano Lett. 15, 7452; Small, 12, 1334) in the group of Prof J. Baumberg in Cambridge.
Publications, links and resources
Invited book chapters
- Di Martino, G. (2015) Quantum Plasmonics: from Quantum Statistics to Quantum Interferences. In: Reviews in Plasmonics 2015, Berlin: Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-24606-2_12.
- Di Martino, G., et al (2016) Nanoscale Plasmon-enhanced spectroscopy in Memristive Switches. Small, 12, No. 10, pp 1334-1341.
- Di Martino, G., et al (2015) Controlling nanowire growth by light. Nano Lett., 15, 7452-7457.
- Di Martino, G., et al (2014) Observation of quantum interference in the plasmonic Hong-Ou-Mandel effect. Phys. Rev. Appl. 1, 034004.
- Vercruysse et al (2014) Directional Fluorescence Emission by Individual V-Antennas Explained by Mode Expansion. ACS Nano 8 (8), pp 8232-8241.
- Vercruysse et al (2013) Unidirectional Side Scattering of Light by a Single-Element Nanoantenna. Nano Lett., 13, pp 3843-3849.
- Di Martino, G., et al (2012) Quantum statistics of surface plasmons in metallic stripe waveguides. Nano Lett. 12, pp 2504-2508.
- Trevino et al (2012) Plasmonic-photonic arrays with aperiodic spiral order for ultra-thin film solar cells. Optics Express, Vol.20, Iss. S3, pp A418-A430.
- Sonnefraud et al (2012) Directional excitation of surface plasmon polaritons via nanoslits under varied incidence observed using leakage radiation microscopy. Optics Express, Vol. 20, Iss. 5, pp 4893–4902.
- Mirabella et al (2010) Light absorption and electrical transport in Si:O alloys for Photovoltaics. J. of Appl. Phys. 108, 390507.