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NicolasVolet

I received my B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. in physics from École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in 2007, 2009 and 2014, respectively.
From 2006 to 2007, I participated in a one-year exchange program with Carnegie Mellon University, during which I contributed to the simulation of large-scale structures in the Universe.
Coming back to Switzerland in 2007, I was involved in the theoretical understanding of neutron scattering experiments I performed  at the Paul Scherrer Institute. Later, I started working on the characterization of semiconductor (GaN) microcavities and novel materials (AlInN) at EPFL.
My passion for condensed matter physics was starting!
This led me to work on solar cells based on quantum confinement with the University of Houston between 2008 and 2009.
Coming back again to Switzerland in 2009, I did my Ph.D. on the control of optical modes in vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs), with a spectral emission in the so-called long-wavelength regime (1.2 µm – 1.6 µm).
I was involved in the design, fabrication and characterization of these devices, with the aim of increasing their emitted power in single-mode. This was demonstrated and numerical simulations allowed to understand the relevant physical mechanisms.

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