Raúl Rica Alarcón

I am “Juan de la Cierva – Incorporación” Research Fellow at the Department of Applied Physics in the University of Granada (UGR), working in the group lead by Prof. A.V. Delgado.

I obtained his PhD in Physics (2011) by the UGR. I did predoctoral research stays summing 8 months in prestigious international universities, like MIT (USA, 4 months) and University of Milan (Italy, 2.5 months). I have more than 6 years of postdoctoral experience in 4 different groups (University of Milan-Bicocca, ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences and the Ion Trapping Group in Granada). I have participated in 14 research projects with funding from the Spanish Government, Italy and the EU.

My research activities have always dealt with the manipulation of matter at the nanoscale by means of electric fields and lasers. The different types of physical systems I worked on and the variety of experimental techniques I have been trained on demonstrate my capability to conduct multidisciplinary research. I am a versatile researcher that is pursuing an unconventional scientific career, facing new challenges in each step of my career.

My background is a mix of nanotechnology, colloidal science, statistical physics and quantum optomechanics at the mesoscale. I am skilled in several experimental techniques, including electrokinetics, photonics, optical trapping, laser cooling, ion trapping, vacuum technologies and microfluidics. My research deals with the development of novel schemes for the control of nanoscale matter, with a focus on the stochastic dynamics of the systems involved. Currently I am mostly interested in the development of hybrid traps, where different types of fields are combined to bring about traps for nanoparticles with enhanced performance. These novel strategies are expected to provide unprecedented manipulation and sensing capabilities, paving the way for the study of fundamental properties of physics and the nanoscale.

More information about my research interests and scientific output can be found in my webpage.