Prof. Efrain Solarte
SPIE Involvement:
Author | Student Chapter Advisor
Area of Expertise:
Biophotonics , Quantum Optics and Electronics , Light - Matter Interactions , Laser Physics and Optics , Nonlinear Optics , Spectroscopy
Profile Summary

Physicist, National University of Colombia, (BSc. 1975) graduated as the best graduating from the College of Science of the University. Master Science (1978). During MSc research, I built the first plasma ion source in my country and I won the DAAD -National University scholarship for doctoral studies in Germany. I graduated as Dr.rer.nat of the Technical University of Kaiserslautern. My thesis on interactions between lasers and ion beams was qualified Sehr Gut. I was Associate Professor at the National University of Colombia, Bogota (1985-89). Since 1990, Professor at Universidad del Valle. I lead the Quantum Optics group, devoted to study the laser light and matter interactions

We built our first CO2 for materials processing (1996-2005) producing the first micro-structured optical waveguide using CO2 laser annealing (2006). Studying the interaction between laser and soft tissues, we demonstrated the Laser-induced exocytosis effect, as a synergic action of light on fat cells (2003-2006). We developed a digital imaging method to study light interferences and light propagation in turbid media (2006-2010). Looking for laser and LED effects on cell cultures (2002-2015), we developed new methods of control and maintenance of cell cultures that allow the study of their optical and physiological properties. We apply spectroscopic techniques and fluorescence to study cell physiology, stress effects in plants and fruit ripening, air and water quality and wastewater flows (2005-2017)

I encouraged some students to research nonlinear optics and photonics. We calculated induced chaos in laser systems in 2004, and developed a laser source with induced chaos (2008), also photonic structures and pulse propagation in photonic crystals and nonlinear media (2005-2011). Develop software to study plasmonic effects in semiconductor solar cells (2010), light propagation in turbid media (2006-2011), and high energy laser pulses in nonlinear photonic media (2008-2016)
Publications (20)

Proceedings Article | 18 November 2013 Paper
Proc. SPIE. 8785, 8th Iberoamerican Optics Meeting and 11th Latin American Meeting on Optics, Lasers, and Applications
KEYWORDS: Light emitting diodes, Injuries, Laser therapeutics, Tissues, Optical microscopy, Control systems, Fluorescent markers, Laser irradiation, Therapeutics, Stem cells

Proceedings Article | 28 February 2013 Paper
Proc. SPIE. 8583, Design and Performance Validation of Phantoms Used in Conjunction with Optical Measurement of Tissue V
KEYWORDS: Scattering, Calibration, Spectroscopy, Light scattering, Laser scattering, Reflectivity, Collimation, Transmittance, Tissue optics, Absorption

Proceedings Article | 31 August 2010 Paper
Proc. SPIE. 7783, Optics Education and Outreach
KEYWORDS: Microscopes, Mirrors, Eye, Scattering, Luminescence, Light scattering, Quantum optics, Geometrical optics, Lanthanum, Standards development

Proceedings Article | 25 February 2010 Paper
Proc. SPIE. 7567, Design and Performance Validation of Phantoms Used in Conjunction with Optical Measurement of Tissue II
KEYWORDS: Refractive index, Tissues, Scattering, Image processing, Photons, Light scattering, Laser scattering, Transmittance, Tissue optics, Light wave propagation

Proceedings Article | 23 February 2010 Paper
Proc. SPIE. 7563, Dynamics and Fluctuations in Biomedical Photonics VII
KEYWORDS: Semiconductors, Light sources, Light emitting diodes, LED lighting, Ultraviolet light emitting diodes, Absorbance, Green light emitting diodes, Industrial chemicals, Photostimulation, Blue light emitting diodes

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Conference Committee Involvement (6)
III International Conference on Applications in Optics and Photonics (AOP 2017)
8 May 2017 |
XIV National Meeting on Optics (XIV ENO) & V Andean and Caribbean Conference on Optics and its Applications
16 November 2015 |
VIII Iberoamerican Optics Meeting & XI Latinamerican Meeting on Optics, Lasers and Applications (RIAO/OPTILAS 2013)
22 July 2013 |
VII Reunión Iberoamericana de Óptica (RIAO) y X Encuentro Latinoamericano de Óptica, Láseres y Aplicaciones (OPTILAS)
20 September 2010 |
X National Meeting on Optics (X ENO) & I Andean and Caribbean Conference on Optics and its Applications,
13 November 2006 |
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