Luis Foà Torres


I’m a condensed matter physicist with over 15 years of experience in the field of quantum transport, modeling and simulation of nanomaterials and nanodevices. After working in Italy, France and Germany and Argentina, I joined the Department of Physics (FCFM) of the University of Chile. Here I lead an interdisciplinary team (physicists and chemists) working on the electronic and optoelectronic properties of nanomaterials and nanodevices.

Most of my research is focused on the electrical (quantum transport) and opto-electronic properties of two dimensional nanomaterials (graphene-based, TMDCs) and topological insulators. In particular, my efforts are aimed to the understanding and control of quantum effects arising from time-dependent fields, many-body interactions and decoherence. At the moment one of the questions that fuels my attention has to do with a new phase of (non-equilibrium) topological insulators. The idea is generating and tuning topologically protected states by using a laser field.

Other research interests include the generation of a directed current at zero bias through quantum interference (quantum pumping) and the synthesis and Raman characterization of graphene multilayers by liquid-phase exfoliation (experimental, see for example this paper). For more details on my research you can also visit my publications page or check the following links written for a more general public.


2012/09  “Lo más importante en ciencia son las preguntas”entrevista para La Voz del Interior (Argentina).
2011/10 “Grafeno: tan lejos, tan cerca” / “Graphene: Faraway, so close!” , mini-clip featuring the micromechanical cleavage technique for producing graphene and Raman characterization performed at UNC. Miniclip que muestra la técnica de exfoliación micromecánica del grafeno y su caracterización Raman.
2011/08 “Cover Story: No optical illusion”, William Leventon for MICROmanufacturing Magazine, July/August 2011 issue, page 28. [pdf]
2011/07 “Time-dependent fields for a new breed of carbon-based nanodevices”, invited article for Nanotechnology thought-leaders series at
2011/07 “Lasers could produce much sought after band gaps in graphene”, Lisa Zyga for PhysOrg (science news).
2011/06 “Graphene may gain on-off switch”, American Institute of Physics Press Release (Eureka).
2010/12 “Sobre la pista del grafeno en Argentina: efecto electromecánicos en la nanoescala”, (portal de divulgación).
“El grafeno, sus secretos, y la investigacion en Cordoba”,
 Foa Torres para La Voz del Interior (newspaper).
“Lo que viene: el laser sonoro”,
 Principia, revista de divulgacion de FAMAF, Marzo de 2010.

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