Books and stories

Creating publications for
different audiences

ICFO reaches out to all ages through books and other publications that aim at immersing readers in the fascinating world of photonics.



lluminado and Lucilda is a series of tales for children accompanied by adults (or adults accompanied by children) showing the basics of photonics. They feature a strange couple formed by an atom who writes verses and the Queen of Photons, in a continuous search for a peaceful and beautiful universe.

The stories in this collection describe a universe that is not working properly because the light and matter are not willing to behave. The Empress Lucilda aided by Iluminado, the enlightened atom who is a poet and madly in love with the Empress, look for ways to create a world with a balanced relationship between light and matter, a bond that makes possible wonderful things.

The titles in the collection are:


Iluminado and Lucilda

lluminado is an atom, and also a poet, living in a universe where matter is afraid of light. He realizes that light is the inspiration for his art and understands that Lucilda plans to banish all fear from the atoms. He decides to help her and to never leave her alone again.

The Laser Universe

Another failed attempt by Lucilda to make a rich and fertile universe. In this universe, light and matter play non-stop to create parties and lasers. The laser beam is “a good solution looking for problems”… But in this universe there are no problems! Lucilda must start all over again.

The Photonic Ship in Search of the Rainbow

Lucilda finally achieved her goal. A ship, piloted by photonic robots coming from planet Drulla, crosses galaxies in search of the legendary Rainbow planet, inhabited by very friendly beings who also play with lasers…


Laura and Joan are two children with magical powers who occasionally participate in some very interesting research travelling around Catalonia… But the magician who came out of the magic lamp made them promise that the magical powers could be used just for a couple of days… Check out what happened when they came to ICFO.


A book for young adults and adults dedicated to discover the amazing powers of light. With an eye-catching design and understandable writing style, the book describes light as an enabling tool in areas as diverse as health, communications, security, environment, clean energies, and future quantum technologies, among many others.


Magic Shows for Light Explorers

Learning about photonics in a magical way Light, its nature and its properties are as amazing as they are useful. In our daily life, the things we do, the objects we use, how we generate and harness energy, the way we communicate and how we take care of our health,...

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ICFO in fairs and other big events

ICFO participates in science and technology fairs, congresses and other events organized by other organizations with the aim of expanding the reach of our outreach efforts. We create hand-on activities, workshops and intearctive stands and give talks that bring a...

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Challenges to leveraging innovation

ICFO organizes photonics challenges to promote the opportunities that photonics pose to innovation ICFO creates challenges that give participants the chance to use their own creativity to design, build and test solutions that integrate photonics. These projects are...

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Workshops: putting photonics to work

Hands on activities customized for target audiences ICFO creates workshops around different STEM topics underlying photonics for different age groups. These hands on activities enable participants to learn about photonics in fun ways. They vary in content and format...

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Talks, lectures and LIGHTtalks

A scientific meeting point for young students ICFO gives and organizes talks in different formats that are directed to different target audiences. We give the talk in or outside ICFO, at schools, museums, congresses, etc. To see our upcoming talks, please visit the...

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