Nonlinear Optics Topical Meeting

09 August 2021 – 13 August 2021 OSA Virtual Event - Eastern Time (US & Canada) (UTC - 05:00)




  1. Fundamental Studies and New Concepts
    • Coherent control of slow and fast light
    • High intensity and relativistic nonlinear optics
    • Nonlinear light propagation : solitons, shock waves, and rogue waves
    • Quantum nonlinear optics : single photons, cold photonic gases, communication, computation
    • Nonlinear optics in random media
    • Nonlinear optics at low powers
    • Topological nonlinear optics
    • Ultrafast phenomena
    • Nonlinear properties of surfaces, interfaces, and nanostructures
    • Nonlinear properties of microcavities and microstructures
    • Nonlinear magneto-optics
    • Attosecond nonlinear optics
  2. Nonlinear Media
    • Atoms and molecules, including cold atoms and condensates
    • Dielectric materials, semiconductors, and metal-based materials
    • Nanostructures, plasmonic materials, and metamaterials
    • Organic, soft, bio, hybrid and biomimetic matter
    • Photonic bandgap structures
    • Fibers and waveguides
    • Chip-based nonlinear optics
    • Photorefractives
    • Materials for gain and frequency conversion
  3. Applications
    • Frequency conversion and high-harmonic generation
    • Optical communications
    • Photonic switching
    • Optical storage
    • Stimulated Brillouin scattering and nonlinear optomechanics
    • Nanophotonics
    • Ultrafast measurements
    • Frequency combs and optical clocks
    • Nonlinear optical processes in the THz range
    • X-ray nonlinear optics and sources
    • Laser induced fusion
    • Machine learning, neural networks and neuromorphic computation
    • Materials processing
    • Biological and biomedical applications
    • Nonlinear microscopy and spectroscopy



  • Ayman Abouraddy, University of Central Florida, CREOLUnited States
    Space-time Wave Packets: New Enabling Tools for Nonlinear Optics
  • Maria Chekhova, Max-Planck-Inst Physik des Lichts
    Nanoscale Spontaneous Parametric Down-Conversion
  • Shambhu Ghimire, SLAC National Accelerator LaboratoryUnited States
    High-harmonic Spectroscopy of Solid Materials
  • Jiro Itatani, Institute for Solid State Physics-JapanJapan
    BiBO-based Optical Parametric Chirped Pulse Amplifier for Attosecond Soft-X-ray Spectroscopy
  • Ido Kaminer, Technion Israel Institute of TechnologyIsrael
    Phase Matching of a Light Wave with an Electron Wavefunction
  • Giuseppe Leo, Universite Paris-Diderot Paris VIIFrance
    Harmonic Generation with Wavefront Control on Dielectric Metasurfaces
  • Matteo Lucchini, Politecnico di MilanoItaly
    Dual Nature of the Exciton Quasi-particle Revealed by Attosecond Spectroscopy
  • Arnaud Mussot, Univ Lille 1 Laboratoire PhLAMFrance
    Fermi Pasta Ulam Recurrences in Optical Fibers
  • Demetri Psaltis, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de LausanneSwitzerland
    Title to be Announced
  • Stephan Reitzenstein, Technische Universität BerlinGermany
    Deterministically Fabricated Quantum Dot – Waveguide Systems for On-chip Quantum Optics
  • Pascale Senellart, CNRS-C2NFrance
    Title to be Announced
  • Alexander Szameit, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität JenaGermany
    Nonlinear Photonic Topological Insulators
  • Dawn Tan, Singapore Univ. of Technology & DesignSingapore
    Nonlinear Photonics in Ultra-silicon-rich Nitride Devices
  • John Travers, Heriot-Watt UniversityUnited Kingdom
    Advances in Nonlinear Optics in Gas-filled Hollow-core Fibers
  • Jelena Vuckovic, Stanford UniversityUnited States
    Title to be Announced



Robert Boyd, University of Ottawa, Canada, Chair
Claudio Conti, ISC-CNR Dep. Physics Univ. Sapienza, Italy, Chair
Demetrios Christodoulides, University of Central Florida, United States, Program Chair
Peter Rakich, Yale University, United States, Program Chair

Attosecond and Extreme Nonlinear Optics

Franz Kaertner,Universität Hamburg, GermanySubcommittee Chair
Zenghu Chang, University of Central Florida, CREOL, United States
Katsumi Midorikawa, RIKEN, Japan
David Reis, Stanford University, United States
Martin Schulze, University of Applied Science Osnabrueck, Germany

Nonlinear Optics and Novel Effects

Zhigang Chen, San Francisco State University, United StatesSubcommittee Chair
Hrvoje Buljan, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
Mercedeh Khajavikhan, University of Southern California, United States
Anna Peacock, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Heping Zeng, East China Normal University, China

Quantum Effects Enabled by Nonlinear Optics

Roberto Morandotti, INRS-Energie Mat & Tele Site Varennes, Canada,  Subcommittee Chair
Lucia Caspani, University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom
Sara Ducci, Université Paris Diderot, France
Michael Kues, Hannover University, Germany
Alessia Pasquazi, University of Sussex, United Kingdom

Nonlinear Optics in Cavities and Optomechanics

Scott Papp, National Inst of Standards & Technology, United StatesSubcommittee Chair
Hui Deng, University of Michigan, United States
Tara Drake, University of New Mexico, United States
Qing Li, Carnegie Mellon University, United States
Thomas Purdy, NIST, United States

Nonlinear Guided Waves

Frank Wise, Cornell University, United States,  Subcommittee Chair
Guoqing Chang, Institute of Physics, CAS, China
F. Omer Ilday, Bilkent Universitesi, Turkey
Katarzyna Krupa, Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS, Poland
Francesco Tani, Max Planck Institute, Germany


Plenary Session

Gérard Mourou

École Polytechnique, France

Extreme light: The High Energy λ³ Regime

We will discuss the extension of extreme light in the λ3 regime from the mJ to the 10J level with its scientific and societal applications in the medical, the environment and clean abundant energy production.

About the Speaker

Gérard Mourou is Professor Haut-Collège at the École Polytechnique. He is also the A.D. Moore Distinguished University Emeritus Professor of the University of Michigan. He received his undergraduate education at the University of Grenoble (1967) and his PhD from University Paris VI in 1973. He has made numerous contributions to the field of ultrafast lasers, high-speed electronics and medicine. But, his most important invention, demonstrated with his student Donna Strickland while at the University of Rochester (USA), is the laser amplification technique known as Chirped Pulse Amplification (CPA), universally used today. CPA revolutionized the field of optics, opening new branches like attosecond pulse generation, Nonlinear QED, compact particle accelerators. It extended the field of optics to nuclear and particle physics. In 2005, Mourou proposed a new infrastructure, the Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI), which is distributed over three pillars located in the Czech Republic, Romania and Hungary. He also pioneered the field of femtosecond ophthalmology that relies on a CPA femtosecond laser for precise myopia corrections and corneal transplants. Over a million such procedures are now performed annually. Mourou is member of the US National Academy of Engineering, and a foreign member of the Russian Science Academy, the Austrian Sciences Academy and the Lombardy Academy for Sciences and Letters. He is Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur and was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics with his former student Donna Strickland. 

Philip Russell

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Germany

Nonlinear Optics in Chiral Photonic Crystal Fibres

Chiral optical fibres with N-fold rotational symmetry, drawn from a spinning preform, support circularly and vortically birefringent helical Bloch modes. Conservation of polarization state and azimuthal order opens up unique opportunities for nonlinear optics.

About the Speaker

Professor Philip Russell is a founding Director of the Max-Planck Institute for the Science of Light and Krupp Professor of Experimental Physics at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität in Erlangen, Germany. He obtained his doctorate at the University of Oxford in 1979, and has worked at universities and research establishments in Germany, the USA, the UK and France. His research interests currently focus on photonic crystal fibres, which he first proposed in 1991. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Optical Society (OSA) and the recipient of the 2000 OSA Joseph Fraunhofer Award/Robert M. Burley Prize, the 2005 Thomas Young Prize of the Institute of Physics, the 2005 Körber Prize for European Science, the 2013 EPS Prize for Research into the Science of Light, the 2014 Berthold Leibinger Zukunftspreis, the 2015 IEEE Photonics Award and the 2018 Rank Prize for Optoelectronics. He was OSA's 99th President in 2015.