SPIE Spies Brazilian Photonics

SPIE, the international membership organisation for optics and photonics researchers and professionals based in Bellingham, Washington, USA, publishes regular features on industry opinion formers and speakers at its regular conferences.

One recent SPIE video profile documents the work of the Brazilian physicist and senior science policy figure Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz. In his role as scientific director of the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), Prof Brito is one of Brazil’s principal overseas ambassadors for science and has extensive links with research councils and universities around the world.

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Science ambassador: Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz

You can watch the 5 minute SPIE video by clicking here.

Prof Brito describes the optics and photonics programmes  in São Paulo state – some with 11-year research funding. Two of FAPESP’s 17 focused research centres (named CEPIDs) created with $680 million in long-term funding, feature laser applications for cancer treatment and high-speed optical communication. There is also a centre for bio-photonics focusing on cell science and imaging systems.

They are the Optics and Photonics Research Center (CEPOF) and the Center for Research, Teaching, and Innovation in Glass (CEPIV). You can read more about these CEPIDS clicking here (for CEPOF) and clicking here (for CEPIV).

In addition, Brazil is moving toward more intensive industry-university research cooperation, with some industry funding for projects stretching out five years, according to Prof. Brito.

An electronic engineer and a physicist, Brito is a professor at the Gleb Wataghin Physics Institute, State University of Campinas (Unicamp) in São Paulo, Brazil, where he was the rector from 2002 to 2005. He graduated in electronic engineering at the Technological Institute of Aeronautics. He received a master’s degree and a doctorate at Unicamp’s Gleb Wataghin Physics Institute, and began his teaching career there in 1982. Today he is a full professor of Quantum Electronics.

Brito was a resident researcher at the AT&T’s Bell Laboratories, in Holmdel, New Jersey and was also the Director of Unicamp’s Physics Institute from 1991 to 1994 and from 1998 to 2002; and Rector for Research at the university from 1994 to 1998. He has been a member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences since 2000.

Photonic crystal effect and EM simulation.

Photonic crystal effect and EM simulation.

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