Roadmap on bio-nano-photonics

Ediz Herkert, Nicole Slesiona, Martina Elisena Recchia, Thomas Deckert, Maria F. Garcia-Parajo, Eric Michele Fantuzzi, Andrea Pruccoli, Imaiyan Chitra Ragupathy, Dominykas Gudavičius, Hervé Rigneault, Jan Majer, Andreas Zumbusch, Eleanor Munger, Sophie Brasselet, Arwyn T. Jones, Peter Watson, Stephen A. Boppart, Vikramdeep Singh, Saurabh Borkar, Frank E. Quintela RodriguezWolfgang Langbein, Vasilis Petropoulos, Niek F. van Hulst, Margherita Maiuri, Giulio Cerullo, Daniele Brida, Filippo Troiani, Carlo Andrea Rozzi, Elisa Molinari, Mikas Vengris, Paola Borri

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In the quest to decipher the chain of life from molecules to cells, the biological and biophysical questions being asked increasingly demand techniques that are capable of identifying specific biomolecules in their native environment, and can measure biomolecular interactions quantitatively, at the smallest possible scale in space and time, without perturbing the system under observation. The interaction of light with biomolecules offers a wealth of phenomena and tools that can be exploited to drive this progress. This Roadmap is written collectively by prominent researchers and encompasses selected aspects of bio-nano-photonics, spanning from the development of optical micro/nano-spectroscopy technologies for quantitative bioimaging and biosensing to the fundamental understanding of light–matter interaction phenomena with biomolecules at the nanoscale. It will be of interest to a wide cross-disciplinary audience in the physical sciences and life sciences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number073001
JournalJournal of Optics (United Kingdom)
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2021


  • Bioimaging
  • Biosensing
  • Nano-plasmonics
  • Optical microscopy
  • Ultrafast laser spectroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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