F. Javier García de Abajo

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 co-authored 400+ papers that have accumulated 32,000+ citations and a h index of 86 (WoK, Jan. 2021). 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

- R. Yu and F. J. García de Abajo 2020, 'Chemical identification through two-dimensional electron energy-loss spectroscopy'Science Advances 6, eabb4713.

- J. D. Cox and F. J. García de Abajo 2020, 'Nonlinear interactions between free electrons and nanographenes', Nano Letters 20, 4792-4800.

- A. Konečná and F. J. García de Abajo 2020, 'Electron beam aberration correction using optical near fields', Physical Review Letters 125, 030801.

- Di Giulio V & García de Abajo FJ  2020, 'Free-electron shaping using quantum light', Optica 7, 1820-1830.

- Dias, E. J. C.; Yu, R.; García de Abajo, F. J. 2020, 'Thermal manipulation of plasmons in atomically thin films', Light-Science & Applications, 9, 1, 87.

- Liu, J.; Xia, F.; Xiao, D.; García de Abajo, F. J.; Sun, D. 2020, 'Semimetals for high-performance photodetection', Nature Materials, 19, 830-837 (2020).

- Pan D., Xu H., García de Abajo F. J. 2020, 'Anomalous Thermodiffusion of Electrons in Graphene', Physical Review Letters, 125, 17, 176802.

- R. Yu, R. Alaee, R. W. Boyd, and F. J. García de Abajo 2020, 'Ultrafast topological engineering in metamaterials', Physical Review Letters 125, 037403.

- Konečná, A.; Di Giulio, V.; Mkhitaryan, V.; Ropers, C.; García de Abajo, F. J. 2020, 'Nanoscale Nonlinear Spectroscopy with Electron Beams', ACS Photonics, 7, 5, 1290 - 1296 [Journal cover].

- García de Abajo, F. J.; Hernandez, R. J.; Kaminer, I.; Meyerhans, A.; Rosell-Llompart, J.; Sanchez-Elsner, T. 2020, 'Back to Normal: An Old Physics Route to Reduce SARS-CoV-2 Transmission in Indoor Spaces.', ACS Nano, 14, 7, 7704 - 7713.

- Schuler, Bruno; Cochrane, Katherine A.; Kastl, Christoph; Barnard, Edward S.; Wong, Edward; Borys, Nicholas J.; Schwartzberg, Adam M.; Ogletree, D. Frank; García de Abajo, F. Javier; Weber-Bargioni, Alexander 2020, 'Electrically driven photon emission from individual atomic defects in monolayer WS2', Science Advances, 6, 38, eabb5988.