Lorenzo Marrucci received the M.S. degree with outstanding honor and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy, in 1989 and 1993, respectively. He spent two years (1993-1994) as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Y. R. Shen’s Group at the University of California, Berkeley, USA, and in 1995, he joined the University of Naples Federico II as a University Researcher and, since 2001, as an Associate Professor of physics and Head of the Nonlinear Spectroscopy Laboratory. He has been responsible for several national research projects and is presently the Coordinator of the Doctorate School of Physical Sciences of the university and a Member of the board of directors of the European Laboratory of Nonlinear Spectroscopy (LENS) in Florence. His research interests include the nonlinear spectroscopy of material surfaces and interfaces, the nonlinear optics of complex optical materials such as liquid crystals, and the angular momentum of light. In 2006, he invented the q-plate, a liquid crystal device for converting a variation of the spin angular momentum of light into orbital angular momentum, which is particularly useful for quantum optical applications. He authored more than 90 papers on these topics and delivered about 40 invited lectures and colloquia.
Biography Updated on 5 December 2012