Nonlinear Photonics (NP)

27 July 2014 – 31 July 2014 OSA Virtual Event

The Nonlinear Photonics meeting is a venue for researchers interested in all aspects of nonlinear optical processes in structures, devices and systems. The meeting scope covers both fundamental and applied nonlinear photonics with topics including temporal, spatial and spatio-temporal nonlinear effects, theoretical and computational methods, experimental techniques, nonlinear materials, nonlinear systems, novel optical fibers and waveguides, intermodal nonlinearities, ultrafast processes, photonic chaos, source development, solitons and rogue waves, frequency combs, supercontinuum generation, nonlinearity in nanophotonics, metamaterials and plasmonics, nonlinearity in systems, high-field physics, quantum optics and filamentation.

The Nonlinear Photonics meeting is a venue for researchers interested in all aspects of nonlinear optical processes in structures, devices and systems. Papers will be considered in the following topic categories:

1. Temporal and Spatiotemporal Effects
2. Nonlinear Pulse Propagation in Fiber
3. Computational Analysis, Design and Modeling of Dissipative and Conservative Systems
4. Dissipative Solitons, Rogue Waves and Ultra-short Pulse Modelling
5. Poling, Spatial and Periodic Nonlinear Effects
6. Active and Dissipative Effects
7. All-Optical Devices and Applications
8. Novel Nonlinear Materials and Structures

Topic Categories

1. Temporal and Spatiotemporal Effects

  • Spatiotemporal effects

    • Spatiotemporal solitons

    • Filamentation

  • Nonlinear effects in fibers:

    • Stimulated Raman Scattering (SRS) and Brillouin Scattering (SBS)

    • Cross phase modulation

    • Four-wave mixing

    • Self-phase modulation

    • Third-harmonic generation

    • Two-photon absorption

2. Nonlinear Pulse Propagation in Fiber

  • Nonlinear pulse broadening and modulational instabilities

    • Pulse compression, and pulse train generation

    • Self similar pulse propagation

  • Temporal solitons in fibers:

    • Generation of bright and dark solitons

    • Stability of soliton trains, and soliton control

    • Polarization effects, Soliton-noise interaction

    • Dispersion management

    • Application in transmission systems

  • Cascaded and second order nonlinearities:

    • Second harmonic

    • X-waves

    • Frequency conversion

    • Quasi phase matching

3. Computational Analysis, Design and Modeling of Dissipative and Conservative Systems

  • FDTD:

    • Full vector solutions to Maxwell’s equations with nonlinearities

    • Pseudo spectral computations

    • Novel algorithms for solutions

4. Dissipative Solitons, Rogue Waves and Ultra-short Pulse Modelling

  • Going beyond the slowly varying envelope approximation

  • Modelling of super continuum generation

  • Pulse compression effects

  • Active device modelling:

    • Laser models

    • Mode locking, new techniques

    • Rogue waves in laser systems

  • System modelling:

    • Stochastic modelling for communication systems and error estimates

    • Effects of polarization and amplifiers

    • Novel modulation formats

 5. Poling, Spatial and Periodic Nonlinear Effects

  • Spatial optical solitons, self-trapping, and self-guiding effects:

    • Generation of bright and dark solitons via second order, third order and photorefractive effects

    • Longitudinal and transverse stability of solitary waves, modulation instability and spatio-temporal effects

    • Nonlinear effects in disordered media

    • Interaction of spatial solitons

    • Nonlinear guided modes in waveguides and at nonlinear interfaces, self-trapping effects in waveguide arrays and discrete spatial solitons

  • Nonlinear effects in periodic structures:

    • Bragg gratings in semiconductor waveguides

    • Nonlinear effects in photonic crystals and Bragg gratings

    • Bragg solitons, gap solitons and solitons in photonic crystals

    • Devices based on nonlinear interactions in gratings

    • Spatial pattern formation in nonlinear cavities and waveguides

6. Active and Dissipative Effects

  • Nonlinear amplifiers and amplifier solitons

  • Spatial solitons in cavities containing nonlinear materials, vortex solitons

  • Parabolic and self-similar pulses and lasers

  • Nonlinear modes and solitons in trapped Bose-Einstein Condensates and optical lattices;

  • nonlinear guided wave atom-optics

  • Waveguide and glass poling

  • Physics and chemistry of poling

  • Advances in thermal and uv-assisted poling of fibres and waveguides

  • Devices based on poled glass

7. All-Optical Devices and Applications

  • Nonlinear Devices and Systems

    • All-Optical Communications Devices and Systems

    • All-Optical Wavelength Conversion

    • All-Optical Signal Regeneration

    • Ultrafast Switching and Packet-Switching

    • All-Optical Signal Processing and Logic Functions

    • Optical storage and memory

    • Slow Light Phenomena

    • Entangled Photons (e.g. Quantum Cryptography, fiber-based EPR sources, quantum computing)

    • Other devices and systems

    • Nonlinear Measurement and Detection


    • Optical sampling

    • Multiphoton microscopy

    • All-Optical Monitoring

    • Nonlinear guided wave spectroscopy

8. Novel Nonlinear Materials and Structures

  • Novel Nonlinear Materials

  • Highly nonlinear fibers (e.g. novel glasses, photonic crystal fibers, poled fibers and nonsilica

  • glasses)

  • Nonlinear crystals (materials with improved photorefractive effects)

  • Photonic crystals

  • Nonlinear semiconductors (SOAs, LDs, VECSELs)

  • QD-materials

  • Polymers and organics for waveguides

  • Quasi-phase matched structures: cascaded nonlinearities, designer gratings

  • Metamaterials

  • Fabrication of micro and nano-structured materials, Bragg gratings, micro-ring resonators, and optimized nonlinear materials

Ady Arie, Tel-Aviv University, Israel, Nonlinear Optical Holography, Invited

Stephane Barland, Universite de Nice Sophia Antipolis, Topological Dissipative Solitons in Semiconductor Lasers, Invited

Daniele Faccio, Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom, Spatio-temporal Light Bullets in Bulk Media, Invited

Tobias Hansson, Universita degli Studi di Brescia, Modeling the Dynamics of Frequency Comb Generation and Design of Planar Microring Resonators, Invited

Marko Loncar, Harvard University, United States, Nonlinear Diamond Photonics, Invited

Kengo Nozaki, NTT Basic Research Laboratories, Japan, Integrated All-optical Memories/Switches in a Photonic Crystal Chip, Invited

Antonio Picozzi, Centre National Recherche Scientifique, France, Temporal Dynamics of Incoherent Nonlinear Waves, Invited

John Travers, Max-Planck-Inst Physik des Lichts, Germany, Spatiotemporal Nonlinear Dynamics in Gas-Filled Photonic-Crystal Fibers, Invited

General Chairs

Nail Akhmediev, Australian National University, Australia
John Dudley, Université de Franche-Comté, Besancon, France
Karsten Rottwitt, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark.

Program Chairs

Alexander Gaeta, Cornell University, USA
Yaroslav Kartashov, Institute of Photonic Sciences, Spain

Program Committee

1.  Temporal and Spatio-Temporal Effects

Neil Broderick, The University of Auckland, Subcommittee Chair
Stefano Minardi, Institute of Applied Physics, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Jena, Germany
Fedor Mitschke, Institut für Physik, Universität Rostock, Rostock, Germany
Arnaud Mussott, University of Lille, France
Michelle Sander, Boston University, United States

2. Nonlinear pulse propagation in fibers

Stefano Trillo, Univ. degli Studi di Ferrara, Italy, Subcommittee Chair
Ilan Boaz, University of California, Merced
Wieslaw Krolikowski, Australian National University, Australia
Amy Lytle, Franklin & Marshall College, USA
Stefania Residori, Institut Non Lineaire de Nice, France
3. Computational Analysis, Design and Modeling of Dissipative and Conservative Systems
Stefan Wabnitz, Univ. degli Studi di Brescia, ItalySubcommittee Chair
Alejandro Aceves, Southern Methodist Univ., USA
Shalva Amiranashvili, WIAS, Germany 
Janke Yang, The University of Vermont, Burlington, USA
4. Dissipative solitons, rogue waves and ultra-short pulse modeling
Goery Genty, Tampere Univ. of Technology, FinlandSubcommittee Chair
Fabio Biancalana, Heriot Watt University, UK
Claudio Conti, Universita La Sapienza, Roma, Italy
Gian-Luca Oppo, University of Strathclyde, Scotland
Majid Taki, University of Lille, France
5. Poling, Spatial and Periodic Nonlinear Effects
Andrey Sukhorukov, Australian Natl. Univ., Australia, Subcommittee Chair
Thomas Pertsch, Univ. of Jena, Germany
Boris Malomed, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel
Kyriakos Hizanidis, National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece
Ryf RolandAlcatel, Lucent, USA
6. Active and dissipative effects
Philippe Grelu, University of Burgundy, FranceSubcommittee Chair
Vladimir Konotop, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Nathan Kutz, University of Washington, USA
Laurent Larger, University of Franche-Comte, France
Kestutis Staliunas, ICREA, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

7. All-Optical Devices and Applications
Sergei K. Turitsyn, Aston Univ., UK, Subcommittee Chair
Majid Ebrahim-Zadeh, ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Barcelona, Spain
Rene Essiambre, Alcatel, Lucent, USA
Ulf Peschel, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
Chad Husko, University of Sydney, Australia

8.  Novel Nonlinear Materials and Structures
Tobias Kippenberg, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland, Subcommittee Chair
John Ballato, COMSET, USA
Colin McKinstrie, Alcatel Lucent, USA
Anna Peacock, University Southampton, UK
Marc Sciamanna, Supelec Metz, France

General Session with Plenary Speakers

Monday, 28 July

Nonlinearities in Periodic Media, From Fiber to Silicon Chips: Plenty to Bragg About
Benjamin Eggleton; University of Sydney, Australia

Abstract: We review recent advances related to nonlinear propagation in periodic structures, where the refractive index varies along one or two directions, i.e. gratings and planar photonic crystals. I will present recent experiments showing how periodic media have been used for pulse compression and the generation of slow Bragg solitons. I then present recent nonlinear experiments performed in photonic crystal waveguides that demonstrate the strong reinforcement of nonlinear third-order optical phenomena with slow light with applications to optical switching, quantum light sources and broadband frequency conversion.

Bio: Professor Benjamin Eggleton is an ARC Laureate Fellow and Professor of Physics at the University of Sydney and is Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh Bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS). He obtained the Ph.D. degree in Physics from the University of Sydney, in 1996. He then joined Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies as a Postdoctoral Member of Staff, and was subsequently promoted to Research Director within the Specialty Fiber Business Division of Bell Laboratories. Eggleton has published 360 journal publications and over 100 invited presentations. He is a Fellow of OSA, IEEE and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE). He was President of the Australian Optical Society and is currently Editor-in-Chief for Optics Communications.

Industrial Ultrafast Lasers
Eric Mottay; Amplitude Systemes, France

Abstract: From advanced scientific tools to industrial equipment used in numerous factories worldwide, ultrafast lasers have come a long way during the last decade. We will review the current status of ultrafast technologies, present selected industrial case studies and outline future key developments.

Bio: Eric Mottay is the president and CEO of Amplitude Systemes, France, a company he founded in 2001 and which is now a leader in industrial ultrafast lasers. Eric graduated from the Ecole Superieure d'Optique, Orsay, in 1985, and has since specialized in laser development and manufacturing.

Congress Reception and Exhibit

Tuesday, 29 July

Join your fellow attendees for the Congress Reception. Enjoy delectable fare while networking. The reception is open to committee/presenting author/student and full conference attendees. Conference attendees may purchase extra tickets for their guest.

Joint Poster Sessions

Monday, 28 July and Tuesday, 29 July

Posters are an integral part of the technical program and offer a unique networking opportunity, where presenters can discuss their results one-to-one with interested parties. Each author is provided with a board on which to display the summary and results of his or her paper.

Symposium on Surface Functionalization of Optical Fiber and Waveguide Based Bio- and Chemical-Sensors (Joint BGPP and Sensors)

Tuesday, 29 July

The aim of this Symposium is to bring together chemists, biochemists, and photonic device designers to explore together how best to functionalize optical fiber devices to detect biochemical substances and chemicals with high sensitivity, selectivity, and robustness, while lowering the limit of detection to levels that will allow real applications to be developed.

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