Giancarlo C. RighiniGiancarlo

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Professional activity 

Scientist associated to Centro Fermi (emeritus director of the research) (Museo Storico della Fisica e Centro Studi e Ricerche Enrico Fermi(since March 2016)

Scientist associated to IFAC CNR (emeritus research director) Istituto di Fisica Applicata "Nello Carrara"   (since September 2010) 

The Fermi Centre (Museo Storico della Fisica e Centro Studi e Ricerche "Enrico Fermi") is a national research institution monitored by the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR).

Giancarlo Righini is Fellow of OSA (Optical Society of America), SPIE (International Society for Optical Engineering), EOS (European Optical Society) and of SIOF (Società Italiana di Ottica e Fotonica). He is Meritorious Member of SIF (Società Italiana di Fisica).

Previous duties:

Research director at CNR Nello Carrara Institute of Applied Physics  (1991 - April 2006; March 2009 - August 2010)

Contract professor of Optoelectronics at the University of Florence until October 2011

Director  of CNR Department of Materials and Devices (May 2006 - March 2009)

Head of IFAC Optoelectronics and Photonics Department (1999 - 2005)

Director  of CNR National Group of Quantum Electronics & Plasma Physics (1983-1996)

Contract professor of  Optical Technologies at the School of Specialization in Optics and of Optoelectronic Devices and Integrated Optics at the Electronic Engineering Department, Università di Firenze (in the period 1995 to 2010).

Other duties:

at national level

  President of the Italian Committee for Promotion of Optical Sciences and Technologies (FOTONICA.IT)

at international level

 Chair of Technical Committee TC-20 (Glasses for Optoelectronics) of the International Commission on Glass 

  Honorary Chair of the International Workshop "Photoluminescence in Rare Earths: Photonic Materials and Devices" (held every other year)

editorial activities

Currently he is member of the Editorial Board of the following journals: Optoelectronics Letters, Photonics Letters of Poland, International Journal of Optics, Micromachines. 

He is editor of the SIOF series "Quaderni di Ottica"

He has been referee for many international journals (Electronic Letters, Applied Optics, ...)

  Co-editor of the book Introduction to Optoelectronic Sensors (World Scientific, 2009).

              Co-editor of the book Glassy Materials Based Microdevices  (MDPI Books, 2019)  - open acces, the full book can be downloaded -  


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Research projects

  EXTREME ENERGY EVENTS (EEE) - A project of the Enrico Fermi Center

  Characterization of Rare Earth doped glasses for photonic applications.
This research is performed in collaboration with Trento and Milano Sections of IFN CNR (Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie), the Scientific and Technological Department of Verona University, the UAM University at Itzapalapa (CDMX), and CINVESTAV (CDMX).  

Spherical microresonators based on the propagation of Whispering Gallery Modes for microlasers and microsensors. 
Collaborations exist with the Trento Section of IFN CNR and ENSSAT in Lannion, France. 

Fabrication of periodic structures and gratings in optical fibers and waveguides.
 Collaborations exist with the Trento Section of IFN CNR, the Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics in Budapest, Hungary, and INAOE in Puebla, Mexico.

Additional projects concern the following topics:

* generation and applications of supercontinuum light sources
* study of flexible  waveguides for the THz band
* development of instruments for the characterization of optical waveguides and devices;
* study and development of devices in lithium niobate;

* development of sensors for environmental and biomedical applications. 

  More informations are available at the web page of the MICRODEVICES FOR PHOTONICS LABORATORY of IFAC CNR

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Total number of publications > 600
Number of publications (2000-2018) > 300
Number of citations > 4000

h-index:   36  (
Clarivate Web of Science; 1 agosto 2018)

Short CV and publications list are available from ORCID

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  Curriculum Vitae
      Giancarlo C. Righini studied at the University of Firenze and received the "laurea" (dr. degree) in Physics in 1967. In 1968 he was awarded the title of chartered teacher of mathematics and physics.

     After having been research fellow at the Institute of Physics of the University of Firenze from 1968 to 1971 and having served in Technical Corps of the Army, since 1972 he is in the staff of the Research Institute on Electromagnetic Waves (IROE), now "Nello Carrara" Institute of Applied Physics (IFAC), of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR).
     In 1988 he was appointed to the position of Senior Researcher, and since 1991 he is one of CNR Research Directors.
     He was member of IROE Scientific Committee in the years 1973 to 1981; from 1983 to 1996 he was Director of the National Group on Quantum Electronics and Plasma Physics (GNEQP-CNR).
     From 2006 to 2009 he has been Director of the CNR Department of Materials and Devices.
     From 2012 he is Director of the Research at Enrico Fermi Centre.
In 2010 he retired and he now maintains a position of associate scientist at both IFAC CNR (Firenze) and Enrico Femi Center (Roma)

     At IFAC he headed the research group at MDF Lab (Photonic Materials and Devices). His recent research interests concern microresonators, grating structures, integrated optics, glasses for optoelectronics, nonlinear optics. Experimental activities carried out in the laboratory include fabrication of waveguides and components in glass by ion exchange, thin-film deposition and etching, and optical characterization of thin films by guided-wave techniques.
 He has published over 600 papers (many of them also on holography and optical signal processing), and is co-author of 7 international Patents. He has presented many invited papers at international Conferences. He has authored (or co-authored) various chapters in books on optoelectronics and guided-wave optics (both in Italian and in English).

     He has been chairman or co-chairman of many National and International Conferences, and has edited several Proceedings Volumes.

     Prof. Righini has regularly taught monographical courses at different Universities in Italy. From 1994 to 2004 he was contract Professor of Optical Technologies at the Specialization School in Optics of the University of Firenze, and regularly lectures at the Engineering Faculty, Università di Firenze.  For many years he also was in the Academic Staff of the Advanced Course in Optical Technologies at AILUN in Sardinia. From 2005 to 2012 he was contract professor of Optoelectronics at the Sciences Faculty, Università di Florence.
    He has been supervisor of many thesis works of graduate and PhD students in Physics and Electronic Engineering, at the Università di Firenze, as well as member of the Jury in several PhD defenses in France and Spain.

 He has been responsible of several bilateral cooperation Projects (with Czech Republic, France, Great Britain, Hungary, Portugal, Spain, and United States) in the area of guided-wave optics. He has been involved in two ESPRIT Projects and one ACTS Project of the European Commission, as well as in many National Projects funded by CNR or by the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR).

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A few pictures

Tony De Maria
              & Giancarlo Righini
Tony De Maria (SPIE President) delivers the SPIE Fellow plaque  (August 2003)

Cuba 2004
Together with some Italian and Argentinian colleagues at the
Optics, Life & Heritage ICO Conference (Cuba, 2004)

Vietnam 2005
At the Italian-Vietnamese Workshop in Hanoi (November 2005)

PRE'07 co-chairs
Together with Maurizio Ferrari and Setsuhisa Tanabe, co-chairs
of the PRE'07 Workshop in Trento (April 2007)

PRE10 Committee
PRE'10 (Florence, April 2010): the Scientific Committee.

GCR receives
              OSA Fellow certificate from OSA President

James C. Wyant (OSA President) presents the Fellow
certificate (October 2010).

Mexico 2011
Together with his daughter Nicoletta after a visit to
UAM at Mexico City (October 2011)

PRE12 Kyoto
PRE'12 (Kyoto, March 2012): Righini presents to the
Kyoto Mayor the greetings by Florence Mayor (Matteo Renzi).
Kyoto and Florence are twin cities.

PW 2013
Photonics West 2013: Giancarlo Righini with Maurizio Ferrari
  and Vladimir Ilchenko (
new SPIE Fellows).

PW 2013
Photonics West 2013: a journey by in cable car

is a must.

ICG Prague

ICG 2013 (Praga, July 2013): Martin Mika, Giancarlo
Righini and Maurizio Ferrari.

PRE'14 in San Sebastian: 70th birthday anniversary
and PRE'14 Social Dinner (May 2014)

ICG TC20 Committee meeting in
San Sebastian (Spain) - May 2014

Photo Gallery of PRE'14 (May 14-16, 2014 - San Sebastian, Spain)
Photo Gallery of PRE'17 (29 November - 2 December 2017 - Roma, Italy)





8th International Workshop on



September 2019, Nice, France


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Centro Fermi address:         Museo storico della fisica e centro studi e ricerche Enrico Fermi
Piazza del Viminale 1, 00184 Roma
e-mail: giancarlo.righini@centrofermi.it

IFAC address:         Istituto di Fisica Applicata "Nello Carrara"
                                Via Madonna del Piano 10, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino (Firenze)

E-mail:    g.c.righini@ifac.cnr.it     o   giancarlo.righini@cnr.it 

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Last updated:  21/3/2019