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Dipartimento di Fisica - Politecnico di Milano

Roberta Ramponi

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Full Professor
Campus Milano Leonardo

Roberta Ramponi graduated in Physics cum laude in 1977 and received the Specialization Diploma in Medical Physics cum laude in 1979 at the University of Milan, Italy. From 1980 to 1992 she joined as a researcher the Center for Quantum Electronics and Electronic Instrumentation of CNR, the Italian National Research Council (Milan, Italy), now Institute of Photonics and Nanotechnology; from 1992 until 2002 she was Associate Professor of Physics at the “Politecnico di Milano” (Milan, Italy), School of Engineering. From 2002  to 2013 she has been Full Professor of Physics at the “Politecnico di Milano”, School of System Engineering. She has been teaching teaching basic physics and micro- and nano-optics. From 2007 to 2012 she has been the chair of the BoS and MoS degrees in Physics Engineering. She is now the Director of the Institute of Photonics and Nanotechnology of the National Research Council (IFN-CNR, She has been the president of the European Optical Society (EOS, now being member of the Board and EU representative. She is vice-president of the International Commission of Optics (ICO She is a member of the Board of the Stakeholders and of the Executive Board of the European Technology Platform Photonics21 ( She is the scientific chair of the Italian National Technology Platform “Light sources and photonic sensors”. She is co-author of more than one hundred peer-reviewed papers in international journals and presented several invited communications at international conferences. Her research has covered a wide range of activities in the fields of Quantum Electronics, Optoelectronics, Quantum Optics and Photonics. During the first years she worked on the development of laser-based instrumentation for biomedicine, mainly for diagnostic applications; later on, her research activity has focused on Nonlinear Optics, Integrated Optics, and related applications. In particular she has developed innovative techniques for the fabrication of waveguides in nonlinear crystals, passive and active glasses and for the accurate characterization of such waveguides; moreover she has studied the design and realization of all-optical devices for applications to sensors and optical communications. More recently she has been involved in the design and realization of integrated micro-optofluidic devices, by means of direct writing with femtosecond laser pulses for the fabrication of optical waveguides, and of the same technique followed by chemical etching for microchannels. At present she is also involved in the design and realization by femtosecond direct writing of integrated optical chips for quantum information.