Elena del Valle

Short CV

  • Since 2020: Contratada Doctor (Lecturer) at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain).
  • 2019- 2020: Senior Lecturer in Quantum Optics at the University of Wolverhampton (UK).
  • 2016-2019: Principal Investigator of the Spanish Mineco project Electrodinámica clásica y cuántica del acoplo luz-materia (FIS2015-64951-R, laussy.org/wiki/Claque).
  • 2014-2020: Ramón y Cajal tenure position run by the Ministry of Economy in Spain. 
  • 2014: Marie Curie FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IEF grant for Postdoctoral Researchers run by the European Commission via the Research Executive Agency. Project, SQUIRREL (http://laussy.org/wiki/SQUIRREL). 
  • 2011-2013: Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers run by The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Postdoctoral position at the Technische Universität München in the group of Prof. Michael Hartmann.
  • 2009-2011: Newton International Fellowship run by The British Academy, The Royal Academy of Engineering and The Royal Society. Postdoctoral position at the University of Southampton (UK) in the group of Prof. Alexey Kavokin. Newton Alumnus.
  • 2009: Ph. D. in Theoretical Physics at the UAM. The dissertation was titled “Quantum Electrodynamics with Quantum Dots in Microcavities”, under the supervision of Prof. Carlos Tejedor. 
  • 2004: Graduated in Theoretical Physics from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), First-class Honors and an Honorable Mention in the National Award.

Selected Awards

  • 2020, Excellence Award for University Professors by the Madrid Council (PRICIT, CAM).
  • 2014, Ramón y Cajal award.
  • 2014, Marie Curie FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IEF grant by the European Commission via the Research Executive Agency. 
  • 2011, Humboldt Research Fellowship by The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. 
  • 2009, Newton International Fellowship by The British Academy, The Royal Academy of Engineering and The Royal Society. 
  • 2005, FPU award (Beca de Formación del Profesorado Universitario) by the Spanish Science and Education Ministry.

Research Interests

Quantum optics, cavity-QED, light-matter interaction, Nanophotonics.

Quantum light generation. Single and N-photon emission. Entanglement, squeezing, antibunching and other quantum properties of light. Frequency filtering, statistics, coherence and correlation measurements.


Selected Publications

  • Collective fluid dynamics of a polariton condensate in a semiconductor microcavity, A. Amo, D. Sanvitto, F. P. Laussy, D. Ballarini, E. del Valle, M. D. Martin, A. Lemaître, J. Bloch, D. N. Krizhanovskii, M. S. Skolnick, C. Tejedor and L. Viña, Nature 457, 291 (2009).
  • Theory of frequency-filtered and time-resolved N-photon correlations, E. del Valle, A. Gonzalez-Tudela, F. P. Laussy, C. Tejedor and M. J. Hartmann. Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 183601 (2012).
  •  Emitters of N-photon bundles, C. Sánchez-Muñoz, E. del Valle, A. González-Tudela, S. Lichtmannecker, K. Müller, M. Kaniber, C. Tejedor, J.J. Finley and F.P. Laussy. Nature Photonics 8, 550 (2014).
  • Exciting polaritons with quantum light, J. C. López Carreño, C. Sánchez Muñoz, D. Sanvitto, E. del Valle, F.P. Laussy, Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 196402 (2015).
  • On-chip generation of indistinguishable photons using cavity quantum-electrodynamics, K. Müller, A. Rundquist, K. A. Fischer, T. Sarmiento, K. G. Lagoudakis, Y. A. Kelaita, C. Sánchez Muñoz, E. del Valle, F. P. Laussy, J. Vučković. Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 233601 (2015).
  • First observation of the quantized exciton-polariton field and effect of interactions on a single polariton, Á. Cuevas, J. Camilo López Carreño, B. Silva, M. de Giorgi, C. Sánchez Muñoz, A. Fieramosca, D. Gustavo Suárez Forero, F. Cardano, L. Marrucci, V. Tasco, G. Biasiol, E. del Valle, L. Dominici, D. Ballarini, G. Gigli, P. Mataloni, F. P. Laussy, F. Sciarrino, D. Sanvitto. Sci. Adv. 4, eaao6814 (2018).
  • Quasi-Chiral Interactions between Quantum Emitters at the Nanoscale, C. A. Downing, J. C. López Carreño, F. P. Laussy, E. del Valle, A. I. Fernández-Domínguez, Phys. Rev. Lett. 122, 057401 (2019).
  • The true colours of quantum light, E. del Valle and F. P. Laussy. Invited contribution to a unique Roadmap on quantum light spectroscopy in J. of Phys. B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics: J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 53, 072002 (2020)
  • Conventional and Unconventional Photon Statistics, E. Zubizarreta Casalengua J. C. López Carreño F. P. Laussy E. del Valle, Laser Photonics Rev. 14, 6 (2020), with our image in the front cover.
  • Origin of Antibunching in Resonance Fluorescence, L. Hanschke, L. Schweickert, J. C. López Carreño, E. Schöll, K. D. Zeuner, T. Lettner, E. Zubizarreta Casalengua, M. Reindl, S. Filipe Covre da Silva, R. Trotta, J. J. Finley, A. Rastelli, E. del Valle, F. P. Laussy, V. Zwiller, K. Müller, K. D. Jöns, Phys. Rev. Lett. 125, 170402 (2020)