F. Javier García de Abajo

Institut de Ciències Fotòniques

Engineering Sciences

Javier García de Abajo obtained his PhD in condensed matter theory from the University of the Basque Country (Spain) in 1993. After spending three years in Berkeley National Lab., he became staff scientist at CSIC (Spain) and he was promoted to Research Professor in 2008. He is currently leading the Nanophotonics Theory group at ICFO. He has worked in atomic collisions, surface science, electron microscope spectroscopies, plasmonics, and theoretical nanophotonics. He has coauthored over 300 papers that have accumulated 21,000+ citations and a h index of 71 (WoK, Jan. 2018). He is a Fellow of both the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America.

Research interests

Javier García de Abajo's research program on the theory nanoscale photonics ranges from optical characterization with electron-microscope spectroscopies to studies of ultrasensitive single-molecule detection, quantum aspects of light-matter interaction, excitation and characterization of plasmons by electron beams, plasmonic metamaterials, quantum friction, radiative transfer and coherent control, and graphene plasmonics. These topics cover a broad spectrum of research in nanophotonics. This theoretical effort encompasses classical and quantum methods, both analytical and numerical, which are the basis to understand and propose new phenomena with application to biosensing and quantum plasmonics.

Selected publications

- Cox JD, Marini A & García de Abajo FJ 2017, 'Plasmon-assisted high-harmonic generation in graphene', Nature Communications, 8, 14380.

- Solís DM, Taboada JM, Obelleiro F, Liz-Marzán LM & García de Abajo FJ 2017, 'Optimization of nanoparticle-based SERS substrates through large-scale realistic simulations', ACS Photonics, 4, 329-337. (Journal Cover)

- Yu F, Liz-Marzán LM & García de Abajo FJ 2017, 'Universal analytical modeling of plasmonic nanoparticles', Chemical Society Reviews, 46, 6710-6724.

- Meng L, Renwen Y, Min Q & Garcia de Abajo FJ 2017, 'Plasmonic Nano-Oven by Concatenation of Multishell Photothermal Enhancement', ACS Nano, 11, 7915-7924.

- de Vega S & García de Abajo FJ 2017, 'Plasmon Generation through Electron Tunneling in Graphene', ACS Photonics, 4, 2367-2375. (ACS Editor's Choice)

- Pan D, Yu R, Xu H & García de Abajo FJ 2017, 'Topologically protected Dirac plasmons in a graphene superlattice', Nature Communications, 8, 1243.

- Yu R, Manjavacas A & García de Abajo FJ 2017, 'Ultrafast radiative heat transfer', Nature Communications, 8, 2.

- Yu R, Cox JD, Saavedra JRM & García de Abajo FJ 2017, 'Analytical modeling of graphene plasmons', ACS Photonics, 4, 3106-3114.

Selected research activities

- 4000+ Google Scholar citations during 2017.

- 20 invited talks at conferences, of which 2 plenaries and 2 keynotes.