At the Quantum Electronics Lab (LEC) the interaction of light with matter at the nanometer scale is our main field of research. We also develop new tools of fabrication, manipulation and inspection at the nanoscale. Main lines presently being developed are within plasmonics, nanophotonics, optical nanolithography and the development of new microcopies and light sources. One of the characteristics of this lab is to maintain active collaborations with groups from different fields and places. The LEC is also involved in educative outreach projects related with the science teaching at the High School level. Our first spin off company, Tolket, has been created recently, through the program of incubation of the FCEyN.
The Quantum Electronics Lab (LEC, after the initials of the name in Spanish), today headed by Drs. Oscar Martínez and Andrea Bragas ,was founded on 1992 by professors Oscar Martínez and Mario Marconi as part of the University of Buenos Aires School of Exact and Natural Sciences Physics Department. In the beginning it was temporary located in a very precarious place, but since April 2000, after moving twice, the lab is functioning at the second floor of Ciudad Universitaria’s first building.
Today, about fifteen people are working at the LEC, including professors, postdoctoral, graduate and undergraduate students and technicians. Many more have been trained here through their doctoral thesis, master and licenciatura thesis and undergraduate research work.