Nonlinear Photonics (NP)

05 September 2016 – 08 September 2016 SMC Conference & Function Centre , Sydney, Australia

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, experimental techniques, nonlinear materials, nonlinear optical systems, novel optical fibers and waveguides, multimode nonlinearities, ultrafast processes, photonic chaos, mode-locking and ultrafast laser sources, solitons and rogue waves, frequency combs, supercontinuum generation, pattern formation and dissipative structures, nonlinearity in nanophotonics, metamaterials, plasmonics, 2D materials, optical communication systems, high field physics, quantum optics and filamentation.

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1. Optical Pulses in Nonlinear Waveguides:
  • Parametric and stimulated scattering:
    • Nonlinear pulse shaping and modulational instabilities
    • Pulse compression, and pulse train generation
    • Self-similar pulse propagation
    • Supercontinuum generation
    • Rogue waves
    • Optical shock waves
    • Self- and cross-phase modulation
    • Parametric mixing
    • Harmonic generation
    • Polarization attraction
    • Nonlinear multiphoton absorption
  • Temporal solitons:
    • Generation of bright and dark solitons
    • Stability and control of solitons
    • Polarization effects
    • Soliton-noise interactions
    • Mechanisms for dispersive wave generation
    • Dispersion management
  • Ultra-short pulse modelling:
    • Going beyond the slowly varying envelope approximation
    • Modelling of supercontinuum generation
    • Variational and perturbative methods
2. Spatial and Temporal Nonlinear Interactions in Classical and Quantum Photonics
  • Spatial optical solitons, self-trapping, and self-guiding effects:
    • Bright, dark, and vortex solitons in various nonlinear media
    • Stability of spatial and spatio-temporal solitons, solitary waves, and modulation instability
    • Nonlinear effects in disordered media
    • Interaction of spatial solitons
    • Nonlinear modes in waveguides
    • Nonlinear surface waves and topological states
    • Self-trapping effects in waveguide arrays and discrete spatial solitons
  • Spatio-temporal effects:
    • Spatio-temporal solitons
    • Dispersive shock waves
    • Filamentation and collapse
    • X waves and non-diffracting beams
    • Multimode fiber solitons
    • Spatio-temporal beam dynamics in waveguide arrays
    • Optical turbulence
  • Nonlinear wave interactions in quantum photonics:
    • Generation of photons with spatial and temporal entanglement
    • Coherent photon conversion and single-photon interactions
    • Quantum-classical correspondence in nonlinear wave mixing
  3. Nonlinear Cavities, Active Photonics with Gain and Dissipation, and Light-Matter Interactions
  • Nonlinear interactions in optical cavities and microresonators:
    • Spatial pattern formation in nonlinear cavities and waveguides (transverse and longitudinal)
    • Dissipative solitons in cavities containing nonlinear materials (transverse and longitudinal)
    • Mode locking dynamics
    • Vortex solitons, optical turbulence and rogue waves
    • Parabolic and self-similar pulses
    • Nonlinear dynamics of semiconductor lasers, VCSELs and VECSELs
    • Optical frequency comb generation
    • Random lasers
  • Nonlinear effects in photonic crystals and interactions in periodic structures:
    • Bragg gratings in semiconductor waveguides
    • Nonlinear effects in photonic crystals and Bragg gratings
    • Bragg solitons, gap solitons and dissipative solitons in photonic crystals
    • Devices based on nonlinear interactions in gratings
  • Waveguides and resonators with gain and loss:
    • Nonlinear effects in parity-time symmetric structures
    • Nonlinear optical switching and unidirectional phenomena
    • Supersymmetry and lasers
    • Nonlinear amplifiers and amplifier solitons
    • Short pulse and quasi-CW fiber lasers
  • Opto-mechanical interactions in waveguides and resonators
    • Nonlinear optoacoustic interactions
    • Optomechanics, stimulated Brillouin and Raman scattering
    • Frequency conversion and synchronization
  • Nonlinear light-matter interactions and Bose-Einstein condensation:
    • Exciton-polaritons in semiconductor microcavities and waveguides
    • Cold atoms and Bose-Einstein Condensates in optical lattices and cavities
    • Nonlinear modes and light-matter solitons
  • Active devices and lasers modelling:
    • Models for lasers and amplifiers
    • Mode locking, new techniques
  4. Nonlinear Nanophotonics, Plasmonics, and Metamaterials
  • Nonlinear properties of plasmonic materials
    • Nonlinearity enhancement
    • Surface nonlinearity
    • Nonlocal effects
    • Ultrafast phenomena
    • Self-sustained waves in plasmonic structures
  • Nonlinear scattering by nanoparticles
    • Harmonic generation
    • Frequency mixing
    • Optical trapping and manipulation
  • Nonlinear metamaterials and metasurfaces
    • Nonlinear interactions and propagation in metamaterials
    • Nonlinear enhancement in all-dielectric structures
    • Dispersion engineering and nonlinear phase matching
  • Nonlinear effects in 2D materials
    • Nonlinear interactions in graphene and other mono-atomic-layer materials
    • Topologocal phenomena
  • Finite difference time domain simulations:
    • Full vector solutions to Maxwell’s equations with nonlinearities
    • Pseudo spectral computations
    • Novel algorithms for nanophotonic simulations
  5. All-Optical Nonlinear Devices and Applications
  • Nonlinear Devices and Systems
    • All-optical communications devices and systems
    • All-optical wavelength conversion and signal regeneration
    • Ultrafast switching and packet-switching
    • All-optical signal processing and logic functions
    • Optical storage and memory
    • Slow-light phenomena
    • Optical beam cleaning
    • Dielectric and plasmonic metadevices
    • Microwave photonics
  • Application of cascaded and second order nonlinearities:
    • Second harmonic generation
    • Frequency conversion
    • Quasi-phase-matching
  • Quantum Information
    • Quantum cryptography
    • Quantum computing
    • Quantum photonic chips
    • Teleportation
  • Measurements and microscopy
    • Nonlinear measurement and detection
    • Ultrashort pulse characterization (e.g., FROG, SPIDER)
    • Optical sampling
    • Multiphoton microscopy
    • All-optical monitoring
    • Nonlinear guided wave spectroscopy
  • Novel Nonlinear Materials and Structures:
    • Highly nonlinear fibers (e.g. novel glasses and microstructured fibers)
    • Nonlinear crystals (including photorefractive effects)
    • Nonlinear semiconductors (SOAs, LDs, VCSELs, VECSELs)
    • Quantum-dot materials
    • Graphene and other 2D materials
    • Polymers and organics for waveguides
    • Physics and chemistry of poling including thermal and UV-assisted poling of fibres
  • System modelling:
    • Stochastic effects in communication systems and error estimates
    • Advanced modulation formats
    • Nonlinearities in spatial and mode division multiplexing fiber systems
    • Mitigation of fiber nonlinearity impairments in coherent transmission systems
    • Optical networks
Sergei Turitsyn, Aston UniversityUnited KingdomNonlinear world of commercial photonic systems, Plenary

Joel Carpenter, University of QueenslandAustraliaPrincipal modes in multimode fibre: Modes with minimal mode dispersion, Invited

Michele Celebrano, Politecnico di MilanoItalyMode-matching in multiresonant nanoantennas for enhanced nonlinear emission, Invited

Demetrios Christodoulides, University of Central FloridaUnited StatesNon-Hermitian photonics: Parity-time and other symmetries in optics, Invited

Miro Erkintalo, University of AucklandNew ZealandFrequency combs in quadratically nonlinear resonators, Invited

Alejandro Giacomotti, CNRS UPR 20FranceSpontaneous mirror-symmetry breaking in coupled nanolasers, Invited

Chad Husko, Argonne National LaboratoryUnited StatesSolitary pulses in nanophotonic waveguides, Invited

Tobias Kippenberg, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de LausanneSwitzerland, Invited

Alexandre Kudlinski, University of LilleFranceSoliton/dispersive wave interactions in photonic crystal fibers, Invited

Barry Luther-Davies, Australian National UniversityAustraliaThirty years of all-optical signal processing: materials and device challenges , Invited

Roberto Morandotti, INRS-Energie Mat & Tele Site VarennesCanadaInviscid Burgers’ Equation and Riemann Waves in Optics , Invited

Ulf Peschel, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität JenaGermanyNonlinear Dynamics in Photonic Mesh Lattices , Invited

Marc Sciamanna, CentraleSupelecFranceSpatio-temporal dynamics of nonlinear Airy beam interactions, Invited

Nathalie Vermeulen, Vrije Universiteit BrusselBelgiumNonlinear optical functionalities of graphene integrated in silicon photonics, Invited

Anatoly Zayats, King's College LondonUnited KingdomPlasmonic metamaterials for nonlinear nanophotonics, Invited

General Chair

Alexander Gaeta, Columbia University, United States
Yaroslav Kartashov, ICFO -The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Spain

Program Chair

Gian-Luca Oppo, University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom
Andrey Sukhorukov, Australian National University, Australia
Stefan Wabnitz, Universita degli Studi di Brescia, Italy

Optical Pulses in Nonlinear Waveguides

Fabio Biancalana, Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom, Subcommittee Chair
Milivoj Belic, Texas A & M University at Qatar, Qatar
John Dudley, Universite de Franche-Comte, France
Boris Malomed, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
Curtis Menyuk, University of Maryland Baltimore County, United States
Arnaud Mussot, Univ Lille 1 Laboratoire PhLAM, France
Dmitry Skryabin, University of Bath, United Kingdom
John Travers, Max-Planck-Inst Physik des Lichts, Germany
Stefano Trillo, Universita degli Studi di Ferrara, Italy
Sergei Turitsyn, Aston University, United Kingdom
Aleksei Zheltikov, M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia

Spatial and Temporal Nonlinear Interactions in Classical and Quantum Photonics

Roberto Morandotti, INRS-Energie Mat & Tele Site Varennes, Canada, Subcommittee Chair
Fatkhulla Abdullaev, International Islamic Univ Malaysia, Malaysia
Alejandro Aceves, Southern Methodist University, United States
Gaetano Assanto, Universita degli Studi Roma Tre, Italy
Cornelia Denz, Westfaelische Wilhelms Univ Munster, Germany
Miro Erkintalo, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Antonio Picozzi, Centre National Recherche Scientifique, France
Sergey Polyakov, National Inst of Standards & Technology, United States
Kestutis Staliunas, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain
Alexander Szameit, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany
Frank Wise, Cornell University, United States

Nonlinear Cavities, Active Photonics with Gain and Dissipation, and Light-Matter Interactions

Stephane Barland, Universite de Nice Sophia AntipolisSubcommittee Chair
Salvador Balle, Universitat de les Illes Balears, Spain
Joachim Brand, Massey University, New Zealand
Neil Broderick, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Stephane Coen, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Massimo Giudici, , France
Philippe Grelu, CNRS, France
Bernd Krauskopf, University of Bristol, United Kingdom
Elena Ostrovskaya, ANU, Australia
Ulf Peschel, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany
Ping Kong Wai, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Nonlinear Nanophotonics, Plasmonics, and Metamaterials

Dragomir Neshev, Australian National University, Australia, Subcommittee Chair
Andrea Alu, University of Texas at Austin, United States
Costantino De Angelis, Universita' degli Studi di Brescia, Italy
Andrea Di Falco, University of St Andrews, United Kingdom
Andrea Fratalocchi, King Abdullah Univ of Sci & Technology, Saudi Arabia
Javier García de Abajo, The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Spain
Harald Giessen, Universität Stuttgart, Germany
Ortwin Hess, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
Martti Kauranen, Tampere University of Technology, Finland
Boris Lukyanchuk, Data Storage Institute, Singapore
Fangwei Ye, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

All-Optical Nonlinear Devices and Applications

Ady Arie, Tel-Aviv University, Israel, Subcommittee Chair
Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, University of Adelaide, Australia
Guillaume Huyet, Tyndall National Inst., Ireland
Colin McKinstrie, Applied Communication Sciences, United States
David Moss, University of Sydney, Australia
Masaya Notomi, NTT Basic Research Laboratories, Japan
Francesca Parmigiani, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Anna Peacock, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Wang Pu, School Info Sci & EnginShandong Univ, China
Chester C.T. Shu, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Dingyuan Tang, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Chunle Xiong, University of Sydney, Australia

Advisory Committee

Demetrios Christodoulides, University of Central Florida, USA, Chair
Nail Akhmediev, Australian National University, Australia
Yuri S. Kivshar, Australian National University, Australia
Barry Luther-Davies, Australian National University, Australia
Thomas Pertsch, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany
Mordechai Segev, Technion, Israel
Lluis Torner, ICFO - The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Spain

Welcome Reception
4 September 2016; 18:00 - 19:30
Marble Foyer
Join your fellow attendees for light fare and networking. The event is open to committee/presenting author/student and full conference attendees. Conference attendees may purchase extra tickets for their guest(s).

Tribute Session for the Late Professor John Love
6 September 2016, 13:00 - 14:00
A special session has been scheduled to pay tribute to the late Professor John Love. The session will include short talks from some of John’s colleagues celebrating his key contributions to Australian Photonics. Box lunches will be provided. RSVP required, please see registration.

Conference Banquet
6 September 2016, 18:00 - 20:30
Waterfront on the Rocks
Join your fellow attendees for a festive evening and another opportunity to network with your colleagues. Guest tickets are available for $90 USD, as extra guest tickets are limited, please check registration for availability.

OSAF Meet the Professionals Happy Hour
Hosted by OSA Ambassador Chad Husko
Location: Marble Foyer, SMC Conference & Function Centre, Sydney, Australia
Date/Time: 7 September, 20:00 – 21:30
The Optical Society and OSA Foundation invite students and early career professionals who are OSA Members to attend a happy hour with leaders from the meeting fiber technology field. This is an opportunity to network with industry representatives, meeting chairs/committee members and exhibitors over light fare and drinks. RSVP online.

Symposium: Fiber Bragg Gratings - From Laboratory to the Real World

As a part of the 2016 BGPP Topical Meeting, papers are sought that describe efforts to transition the fiber Bragg grating, FBG, technology from a low technology readiness level to industrial application. Specifically, papers are being solicited that cover processes of moving the FBG technology from laboratories of academia through small R&D efforts to much broader industrial applications.

The topics of solicited papers include but are not limited to:
•Performance of FBG systems in real environments;
•Miniaturization efforts to make entire FBG systems suitable for on-board, in-flight, and other applications with space and weight limitations;
•Integration and packaging of the FBGs;
•Effects of harsh environments (temperature, pressure, etc.) on the performance of FBG systems;
•Signal processing of data from fiber Bragg gratings and system integration of FBGs with signal processing units; •Standardization efforts for different industries and applications;
•Specialized applications of FBGs in communication, oil and gas industry, aerospace missions, and other areas.

Symposium Organizers:
Greg Adamovsky, NASA Glenn Research Center, USA
Edgar Mendoza, Redondo Optics, USA

30 Years of Fiber Bragg Grating Sensor Technology

Alan Kersey
ADK Consulting and Insight Photonic Solutions, Inc., USA

Abstract: The first publication on the sensing potential for side-written Bragg gratings in optical fiber appeared as a patent PCT publication by the Meltz et al. group from UTC in 1986.  In the 30 years that have followed, we have seen an extraordinary series of developments in fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensor technology, taking it from early conceptual laboratory demonstrations to powerful commercial distributed sensing platforms, with many companies now developing and marketing FBG systems and ‘interrogator’ units.  This paper will review this history, highlight some of the key developments in the sensing capabilities developed and touch on some truly novel applications of the technology. The paper will also review more recent applications based on the use of extremely weak draw-tower written grating arrays that exploit the unique properties of Bragg gratings in ways to enable creative & differentiated sensing capabilities. 



Photonic Integration: Building the Ecosystem

Thomas Koch
University of  Arizona, USA


Nonlinear world of commercial photonic systems

Sergei K. Turitsyn
Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT), UK

Abstract: Many nonlinear photonic technologies are already weaved into the operation of commercial systems. Nonlinearity is an essential component in the design of numerous photonic devices, but it is often shunned by engineers in view of its practical  intractability and greatly increased difficulty of comprehension of system behavior.  The understanding and mastering of nonlinear effects can translate into improving performance of the existing devices and enabling a new generation of engineering concepts. Our recent work on nonlinear science of fibre lasers and optical communications systems will be reviewed.


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