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Affiliated Commission of

Affiliated Member of

ICO Awards

Optics and Energy

ICTP-ICO-MCTP College on


Mesoamerican Centre for Theoretical Physics,

Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, México.
28 April - 9 May 2014


The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), in collaboration with the International Commission for Optics (ICO), The Mesoamerican Centre for Theoretical Physics (MCTP), and the Iberian American Network on Optics (RIAO).

The 21st century is the century of photonics and of the revolution triggered by renewable energy resources. Sustainable technologies and devices for energy production involve fundamental aspects of physics such as interaction of matter with radiation, optics and optical devices for diagnostics, physical properties of materials in the optical band, the physics of semiconductors and new photo materials. The search for improvement of the efficiency of solar systems involves also research in new areas like silicon photonics, new structures for the harvesting of light, and the design and fabrication of optical elements with high optical performances, such as photovoltaic concentrators. The College is intended to provide researchers from developing nations, and in particular Latin America and the Caribbean, with a scientific understanding of photovoltaic systems, recent scientific achievements in nanotechnology and plasmonics for the enhancement of the efficiency of solar cells and global tendencies towards efficient energy consumption and the implementation of smart grids.

Topics and faculty

Other invited speakers:

Prof. Arturo Morales-Acevedo, CINVESTAV, Mexico: “Photovoltaic systems to help meet the expected electrical energy demand growth in Latin America: The Mexican case.”

Prof. Alberto Varela, Solar Laboratory, Saint Thomas University, FL, USA : “Domestic and International Implications of STU’s Solar Project”


Prof. María L. Calvo, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Prof. Angela M. Guzmán, CREOL, University of Central Florida, USA.
Prof. Arnulfo Zepeda, MCTP, Chiapas, Mexico.

Local Organizer

Prof. Joseph J. Niemela, ICTP, Trieste, Italy.

Local Committtee: 

Chair: Elder de la Rosa Cruz, Centro de Investigaciones en Óptica, México 
Local Secretariat: MCTP, México