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Optics and Photonics Research Center

CEPID 2001-2013
CEPID 2013-2024
Website: http://cepof.ifsc.usp.br

Principal investigator: Vanderlei Salvador Bagnato 
Education and knowledge diffusion coordinator: Euclydes Marega Junior 
Technology transfer coordinator: Jarbas Caiado de Castro Neto

University of São Paulo (USP) 
Instituto de Física de São Carlos
Av. Trabalhador São Carlense, 400
13566-590 - São Carlos, SP - Brazil

Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA)
Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCAR)
São Paulo State Univertity (UNESP)
Araraquara University (UNIARA)

BV-FAPESP: research projects supported in this Center 

CePOF in the Media: news about the Center

The Optics and Photonics Research Center (CePOF) seeks to be an RIDC in which cutting-edge fundamental and applied research in the field of optics and photonics can advance together. The research program consists of cold-matter physics, plasmonics, and biophotonics. In parallel, the Center will advance fundamental knowledge and develop innovative, practical applications.

Turbulence in quantum gases, light-matter entanglement of photons and cold atoms, and optical methods for precision time and frequency metrology define the focus of cold-matter physics. Nanoplasmonics takes optics beyond the diffraction limit, introducing new perspectives for confinement and transport of quantum gases, and for the development of ultrasensitive, rugged biosensors. A modern nanofabrication facility will provide support to all science and technology projects. In biophotonics, the studies focus on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases using purely optical techniques.

The technological innovation that benefits from new scientific insights achieved through basic research will be used to develop new products, establish start-up enterprises, and collaborate with existing companies.

The science dissemination and outreach effort use a 24-hour TV channel and a wide range of activities for all educational levels. Its intent is to create a world-class, internationally recognized Center. The CEPOF will promote international exchange and interaction by recruiting talented students and postdoctoral fellows from all over the world and establishing cooperative agreements with other high-level, globally recognized research centers.