Miguel Ferreira Cao

Research Fellow
Ultrafast Bio- and Nanophotonics

Miguel Ferreira Cao is a Research Fellow at the Ultrafast Bio- and Nanophotonics group, under the guidance of Dr Jana B. Nieder. His activities focus on developing novel quantum metrology platforms based on the singular properties of point defects in diamond for magnetic field and temperature sensing applications. He is particularly interested in pushing the sensitivity limits and the level of tomographic control of diamond photonics platforms.

Miguel Ferreira Cao completed his Physics degree (2012) and his master in Photonics and Laser Technologies (2013) at the Universidade de Vigo. Miguel obtained his PhD degree in November 2017 at the Universität Heidelberg (Germany) for his work on cold Rydberg atoms, focusing on developing imaging techniques and implementing microwave control of Rydberg spins for quantum simulation of Ising and Heisenberg Hamiltonians. During his PhD, he was awarded an MSC EST fellowship within the ITN-COHERENCE to conduct his research. Following his PhD, Miguel joined the Life Science Technology division at IMEC as an R&D Engineer (2018 – 2020). He developed state-of-the-art biomedical prototypes such as on-chip fluorescence assisted cell-sorter (FACS) platforms. He also collaborated with the Applied Physics Department at Universidade de Vigo to investigate remote sensing applications with novel optical payloads in UAVs.

Selected Publications