Daniel Jaque García

Daniel Jaque was awarded his "Certificate in Physics" by the Sussex University (UK) in 1995, being incorporated at that time into Prof. Peter Townsend's research group. He started then his research activity working on the optical properties of ion-implanted waveguides fabricated in nonlinear crystals. As a consequence of his activity at Sussex University, in 1996 he published his first research paper. In 1996 he started his Ph.D thesis at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) within Prof. José García Sole´s group. During his three-year Ph.D his research activity was focused on the development of nonlinear solid state lasers covering the different stages of the process: fluorescence and non linear characterization, cavity design and laser gain experiments. In 1999 he successfully defended his Ph.D Thesis entitled "The NYAB: a red, green and blue solid state laser", which was awarded the "Special doctoral prize" given by UAM. At the end of 1999 he moved to the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) as an assistant professor. As a member of Prof. J.L. Vicent´s group, he devoted two years to studying of the properties (optical and magnetic) of nano-structured magnetic thin films as well as to analyzing vortex dynamics in nano-structured superconducting thin films. In 2001 he moved back to UAM and rejoined the Laser Spectroscopy group. During the following two years he was involved in the study of novel systems showing intrinsic optical bistability based either on ferroelectric transitions or in nonlinear pump induced heating processes. In 2006 he was awarded with the "Young Researcher Award" by the European Association for the Study of Rare Earths and Actanides. That same year he moved his research interest towards the micro/nano structuration of optical materials by ultrafast laser inscription covering not only practical aspects but also fundamental ones. Indeed, he has been a pioneer in the application of confocal fluorescence imaging techniques for the understanding of the light-matter interaction at the femtosecond time scale. The know-how acquired on confocal fluorescence imaging techniques has allowed him to face new research areas such as fluorescence imaging of living cancer cells, small animals and fluids. He is now mainly focused on thermal imaging by nanoprobes at both the in vitro and in vivo imaging with the final objective of developing new diagnosis and controlled therapeutic techniques. From 2008 till 2009 he acted as a Topical Editor of Optics Express; and in 2009 he was elected as Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Sciences of UAM. Also in 2009 he was an invited visiting professor in Heriot Watt University (UK) and in Swinburne University of Technology (Australia). From 2013 till 2016 he was Excellence Visiting Professor at the University of Alagoas (Brazil). He is currently Associate Editor of Optical Materials. During his entire research career Daniel Jaque has published more than 340 international papers in peer reviewed journals and co-author of the teaching book entitled "An introduction to the optical spectroscopy of solids" with more than 1000 books sold.