June 17th, 2012PhD StudentsJuan Sebastian Totero Gongora 0 Comments


Juan joined KAUST University in Fall 2012, where he is currently a PhD Candidate in Electrical Engineering.

In July 2012 he graduated with honors from Sapienza University in Rome, with a MS Thesis in Theoretical Physics. His work, carried out under the supervision of A. Fratalocchi, was focused on the computational study of Casimir Forces in disordered systems. The thesis involved the development of an advanced FDTD code for the computation of Casimir Forces, a quantum mechanical effect deriving from instantaneous dipole interactions between the inner components of macroscopic objects, and its application to disordered many-body systems.

His BS and MS studies focused on theoretical physics and statistical mechanics of disordered systems, with a special focus on classical and quantum field theories. His current work is based on the application of theoretical physics concepts and methods into electrodynamics and photonics in the presence of disorder.

Juan’s Publications
  • Trillo, J. S. Totero Gongora and A. Fratalocchi, “Wave instabilities in the presence of non vanishing background in nonlinear Schrodinger systems”. Sci. Rep. 4, 7285; DOI:10.1038/srep07285 (2014).
  • L. Coluccio, F. Gentile, G. Das, A. Nicastri, A. M. Perri, P. Candeloro, G. Perozziello, R. P. Zaccaria, J. S. Totero Gongora, S. Alrasheed, A. Fratalocchi, T. Limongi, G. Cuda, and E. M. Di Fabrizio, Detection of single amino acid mutation in human breast cancer by disordered plasmonic self-similar chain, Science Advances, vol. 1, no. 8, p. e1500487, Sep. 2015. , DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1500487
  • J. S. Totero Gongora and A. Fratalocchi, “Optical force on diseased blood cells: Towards the optical sorting of biological matter”, Optics and Lasers in Engineering, Volume 76, January 2016, Pages 40-44,DOI: 10.1016/j.optlaseng.2015.04.019. (invited contribution)
  • J. S. Totero Gongora, A. E. Miroshnichenko, Y. S. Kivshar and A. Fratalocchi, “Energy Equipartition and unidirectional emission from a spaser nanolaser”,Laser \& Photonics Reviews, 10: 432–440. doi:10.1002/lpor.201500239
  • H. Galinsky, G. Favraud, H. Dong, J. S. Totero Gongora, G. Favaro, M. Dobeli, R. Spolenak, A. Fratalocchi and F. Capasso, “Scalable, ultra-resistant structural colors based on network metamaterials”, Light Science and Applications, 6 (Accepted Advanced Pubblication, expected March 2017), DOI: 10.1038/lsa.2016.233.
  • G. Favraud, J.S. Totero Gongora and A. Fratalocchi, “Complex photonic structures for energy harvesting, lasing and optical material engineering”, invited Review for Lasers \& Photonics Reviews, to appear
  • J.S. Totero Gongora, G. Favraud and A. Fratalocchi, “Fundamental and high-order anapoles in all-dielectric metamaterials via Fano-Feshbach modes competition”, invited article for Nanotechnology, Focus issue on Metamaterials (to appear)
Juan’s Book Chapters
  • S. Totero Gongora and A. Fratalocchi, “Harnessing Disorder at the Nanoscale”, in “Encyclopedia of Nanotechnology”, Springer DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-6178-0_101015-1 (invited contribution)
  • S. Totero Gongora and A. Fratalocchi, “Ab-initio techniques for light matter interaction at the nanoscale”, invited chapter for the book “Computational Chemistry Methodology in Structural Biology and Material Sciences”, published by AAP (Accepted, pending publication) (invited contribution)
Juan’s Patents
  • E. M. Di Fabrizio, A. Fratalocchi, J.S. Totero Gongora, M. L. Coluccio, P. Candeloro, G. Cuda, “Analytic device including nanostructures”, Patent N. WO2015097559 A1, Application number PCT/IB2014/003194