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Luis Abegão, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate

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Luis Abegão, PhD


Luis completed his Integrated Master in Physics Engineering from the Faculty of Science and Technology, New University of Lisbon - Portugal, with the dissertation: "Development of a sensor for micro and nanomolar concentrations detection of deltamethrin." (2012). He pursued his Ph.D. in Experimental Physics of Condensed Matter at Federal University of Sergipe - Brazil, with the thesis in “Nonlinear Optical Characterization of Organic Molecules: Chalcones and Oxazoles Dyes.” (2017). 

He joined Yale School of Medicine as a Postdoctoral Associate in 2018. Currently, at Yale, he is working on a project funded by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Nuclear Security Administration. His role in this project is to help in the improvement of the optical readout of superheated emulsions detectors, as well as to develop new photonic devices for radiophotoluminescence and optically stimulated luminescence materials.

Since 2013, Luis has been doing research in the science field of Optics and Photonics. Operating lasers and optical parametric oscillators/amplifiers with different temporal regimes (ns, ps, and fs), Luis have gained experience in assembly a series of optical setups from scratch. He also has experience with continuous-wave light-sources, such as Nd-YAG and He-Ne lasers, and light-emitting diodes.

Data analysis from linear and nonlinear optical spectroscopy experiments is also one of his skills. Luis also uses the Gaussian software package to predict some of the linear and nonlinear optical properties of organic molecules. By combining experimental and theoretical results, he can interpret the data analysis better.

His research interests include multi-photon absorption and second- and high-order harmonic generation of organic compounds, random laser phenomena, as well as the development of photonic techniques and devices for (bio)sensors applications.

He is also a peer reviewer of six international scientific journals: Biosensors, Applied Physics A, Applied Physics B, Animals, Applied Sciences, and Coatings.

Luis enjoys travel to understand the cultural diversity of this fantastic planet.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    Federal University of Sergipe, Optics Group - Physics Department - PhD in Nonlinear Optics of Organic Molecules (2017)
  • MSc
    Faculty of Science and Technology - New University of Lisbon, Functional Molecular Systems - Physics Engineering (2012)