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1st International Workshop on Light Management for Efficient Solar Cells - LIMES 2017

27 February - 1 March, 2017 - Porto, Portugal

In conjunction with the 5th International Conference on Photonics, Optics and Laser Technology - PHOTOPTICS 2017


Maurizio Ferrari
National Research Council of Italy (CNR) Insutute for Photonics and Nanotechnologies (IFN)
Brief Bio
Maurizio Ferrari (Trento 25-06-1955) received the Doctor in Physics degree from Trento University, Italy,in a.y. 1979/1980. Until 1989, he worked as a Researcher with the Laboratoire LPCM, Lyon, France. He is currently Director of Research with the CNR-IFN. He is co-author of more than 500 publications in international journals and he is involved in numerous national and international projects concerning glass photonics. His bibliometric parameters are: h-index: 38 [09/08/2019 – WoS]; ResearcherID: H-3362-2011; Orcid ID: 0000-0003-3723-5957; Google Scholar: niSV8iIAAAAJ. MF was elected in 2013 SPIE Fellow for achievements in synthesis and characterization of rare-earth doped optical materials. MF was elected OSA Fellow in September 2017 for significant achievements in the spectroscopic characterization of glasses and glass-ceramics and their application to photonic structures and devices, as well as for actively serving the optical community. He has been member of several Scientific, Program and Steering Committees, and Chair of national and international conferences and workshops, member of evaluation committee at CNR and for other national and foreign research institutions, research director and jury member of several PhD theses. He is referee of several international scientific reviews in physics, photonics, and material science. MF is Editor of Optical Materials. He is AE of Optical Engineering for integrated optics, Editorial board member of Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, Ceramics, Journal of Materials, Ceramic International. His main scientific area of research is devoted to Glass Photonics and covers: properties, structure and processing of glasses, crystals and film for optical applications and photonics; energy transfer, optical and spectroscopic properties; integrated optics; nanocomposites materials and confined structures including photonic crystals, waveguides, microcavities, and microresonators.
Giancarlo Righini
Enrico Fermi Centre & IFAC CNR
Brief Bio

Physicist, Giancarlo Righini has worked more than 40 years at National Research Council (CNR), in Florence and Rome. Among various duties, he was director of CNR National Group of Quantum Electronics, research director at Nello Carrara Institute of Applied Physics, director of CNR Department of Materials and Devices. From 2012 to 2016 he was director of the Enrico Fermi Center in Rome. He has always done experimental research, first in optical holography and signal processing, and then in fiber and integrated optics, with particular attention to glass and glass-ceramic materials, and to their applications in the fields of sensing and energy. He is chair of the TC20 Committee of ICG, on Photonic Glasses and Optical Fibers. He has published more than 500 papers in international journals. He is fellow of EOS, OSA, SIOF and SPIE, and meritorious member of SIF.


Novel nanostructured materials, structures and technologies are contributing to the ongoing photovoltaic exploitation development and to new sustainable, competitive industrial processes. The enhancement of the efficiency of existing solar cells, however, asks for a better light management. This can be achieved acting on two sides, namely by increasing light trapping (e.g. by proper design of the cell structure and the use of plasmonic structures) and by exploting up- and down- frequency conversion phenomena (in particular in glassy materials containing ions of rare earth elements) in order to take advantage of a wider portion of the solar spectrum. This Workshop intends to provide an opportunity for discussion and the knowledge/technology exchange among international experts operating in this field.


  • Solar cells (Single and Tandem)
  • Plasmonic structures
  • Glasses and Glass-ceramics
  • Photoluminescence
  • Frequency up-conversion
  • Frequency down-conversion (quantum cutting)
  • Light Trapping
  • Production Equipment & Processes
  • Modeling and Simulation


Paper Submission: November 14, 2016 (expired)
Authors Notification: November 30, 2016 (expired)
Camera Ready and Registration: December 16, 2016 (expired)


Available soon.


Prospective authors are invited to submit papers in any of the topics listed above.
Instructions for preparing the manuscript (in Word and Latex formats) are available at: Paper Templates
Please also check the Guidelines.
Papers must be submitted electronically via the web-based submission system using the appropriated button on this page.


After thorough reviewing by the workshop program committee, all accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book - under an ISBN reference and on digital support.
All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library (http://www.scitepress.org/DigitalLibrary/).
SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef (http://www.crossref.org/) and every paper is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier).


PHOTOPTICS Workshops - LIMES 2017
e-mail: photoptics.secretariat@insticc.org