Miriam Serena Vitiello

Short Bio

Prof. Miriam Serena Vitiello obtained her PhD in physics at University of Bari in 2006.  From 2006 to December 2009 she was a Post-Doctoral Research assistant at the University of Bari. Since July 2010, she is group leader at the National Enterprise of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and at the Nanoscience Institute of the National Research Council (CNR). Since 2015 she is Adjunct Professor of Condensed Matter Physics at the Scuola Normale Superiore. Since 2017 she is Director of Research at CNR. The THz photonics and optoelectronics group of Prof. Vitiello focuses on the design, development and applications of THz quantum cascade lasers; the development of THz nanostructured detectors based on semiconductor nanowires, 2D materials and vdW heterosctructures; far-infrared metrology; graphene-based photonics; near-field THz miscroscopy. Prof. Vitiello is member of the Scientific council of the National Institute of Metrology, of the CNR Department of Physics and technology of the Matter, of the CEITEC center (Czech Republic) and Mercator Fellow at the University of Regensbug (Germany).

She was visiting scientist for short research stages at the Technical University of Delft (April 2004, December 2004), at the Universität of Munchen (July 2004) and at the University of Paris VII (2006).

Prof. Vitiello has received the starting grant FIRB  “Future in Research” from the Italian ministry of education and research, the ERC Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council, three EU-FET open projects, an EU ITN project, the Balzan research projects, three national research grants, and she coordinates the THz working group in the graphene flagship.

For her research activity she was awarded with the Frederic Volterra Medal 2020 from the Italian Physical Society , the Sapio Research and Innovation award (2018), the International research award Guido Dorso (2016), the SPIE early career award (2015) optoelectronic and photonics prize “Sergio Panizza” of the Italian Physical Society (2012), an International Scientific Author Award (USA, 2005) and 2 National Young Author Awards (2004; 2005). She is member of the programme committee of more than 30 key international conferences in the field of photonic devices.

She is co-author of more than 250-refereed papers on international journals, holds 1 patent and delivered more than 100 invited talks (including plenary talks) at international conferences.

Research Interests

My research activity is the field of condensed matter physics and quantum technologies and is focused on: experimental light-matter interaction phenomena, two-dimensional nano-materials (graphene, phosphorene, van der Walls heterostructures, topological insulators), micro and nano systems, nano-photonics, quantum optics, far-infrared photonics and optoelectronics devices.


Key research achievements

- Invention of single electron transistor QD THz photodetectors (Nano Lett. 2021)

- Millimeter wave generation in QCLs (Nature Comm. 2021)

- Invention ultrafast saturable absorbers based on intersubband polaritons (Nature Comm. 2020)

- Invention ultrafast room temperature infrared nanodetectors (Nano Letters 2019, ACS Nano 2021)

- Invention THz quasi crystal record efficiency QCLs (Nature Light Science &Applications 2019)

- Invention of THz QCL frequency combs with record dynamic range, record power/mode (Reference: ACS Photonics 2018, ACS Photonics 2021, Laser&Photonics Reviews 2021)

- Invention of the first THz random laser operating in continuous wave  (Nature Light Science&Applications 2019)

- Invention of THz wire lasers with record optical performances (Nature Comm. 2018)

- Invention of a THz detectorless scattering near field optical microscope (Reference: Optics Express 2018, APL Photonics 2021)

- Invention of flexible THz saturable absorbers from liquid phase exfoliation of graphite  (Nature Comm. 2017)

- Invention of the first THz near field probe for coherent phase/amplitude imaging with deeply sub-wavelength spatial resolution (Nature- Scientific Reports 2017, Optica 2018)

- Ultrafast optical switched for THz waves based on interface polaritons in black-phosphorus  (Nature Nanotech. 2017)

- Invention of the first THz device exploiting van der waals heterostr. (Advanced Mat. 2016)

- First experimental demonstration of an active photonic device exploiting topological insulator surface states (Nano Letters 2016)

- Invention of black phosphorus THz photodetectors (Advanced Mat. 2015, Scientific Reports 2016);

- Demonstration of coherent perfect absorption of photons  (Nature Phys. 2014).

- Invention of quasi-crystal THz lasers (Nature Comm. 2014)

- First report on quantum noise / intrinsic linewidth in THz QCLs (Nature Phot. 2012);

- Phase-locking of THz QCLs via optical frequency combs (Nature Comm. 2012);

- First absolute frequency measure at THz freq. (Phys. Rev. X 2014)

- Invention of graphene-based THz plasma-wave detectors (Nature Mat. 2012; Nature Nanotech. 2014;)

- Invention of the first nanowire THz detectors (Nano Letters 2012, Nature Phot. 2014).

- Invention of record wall-plug efficiency THz QCLs (Ref.: APL 2007).

- Development of micro-probe photoluminescence/Raman techniques to measure individual subband electronic temperatures, lattice temperature, optical phonon distributions with ultrahigh spatial resolution (Ref.: 15 APL papers (2005-2010)).

Selected Recent Projects

ERC Consolidator Grant 2015 – “Sprint” (2016- 2023) https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/681379/it
H2020- FETOPEN-01-2018-2019-2020- EXTREME IR (2021-2025) https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/964735/it
H2020-FETOPEN-1-2016-2017-RIA – “MIR-BOSE” (2017-2021) https://mir-bose.eu/
Balzan Research Project (2017-2025) (Harvard University-CNR) https://www.balzan.org/en/prizewinners/federico-capasso/research-project-capasso
EU H2020 – ITN – TeraApps (2018-2022 https://www.gla.ac.uk/research/az/teraapps/
H2020-FETOPEN-2014-2015-RIA – “UltraQCL” (2015-2019) http://www.ultraqcl.eu/