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Optica Nonlinear Optics

10 July 2023 – 13 July 2023 Honolulu, Hawaii United States


An international forum for discussion of all aspects of nonlinear optics Including new phenomena, novel devices, new directions, advanced materials and applications.

Nonlinear optical phenomena are now studied and applied over a wide range of energy scales and power levels, from single-photons to  zettawatts, and over broad spectral ranges, from THz to Gamma-ray frequencies.




  1. Nonlinear Optics in Plasmas
    • Laser wakefield acceleration
    • Relativistic optics
    • Plasma optics and amplification
    • Structured light and plasmas
    • THz, EUV and x-ray generation in plasmas
    • Parametric instabilities
    • Strong-field and plasma QED
  2. Nonlinear Guided Waves (Classical and Quantum)
    • Fibers and waveguides
    • Self-guided nonlinear waves
    • Nonlinear light propagation including solitons, shock waves and rogue waves
    • Photonic switching
    • Nonlinear process in integrated photonic systems
    • Ultrafast and spatiotemportal nonlinear process
    • Nonlinear optics at low powers
    • Quantum nonlinear optics: single photons, cold photonic gases, communication, computation
  3. Novel Nonlinear Effects
    • Novel effects and techniques in frequency conversion
    • Nonlinear magneto-optics
    • Nonlinear optics in random media
    • Topological nonlinear optics
    • Nonlinear properties of surfaces, interfaces
    • Simulated Brillouin scattered and nonlinear optomechanics
    • Interactions of optical modes with free electrons
    • X-ray generation from 2D materials
  4. Nonlinear Optics in Cavities and Light Sources
    • Nonlinear properties of microcavities and microstructures
    • Fiber Kerr resonators
    • Ultrafast phenomena in cavities and light sources
    • Optical frequency combs
    • Multimode and spatiotemporal effects in cavities and light sources
  5. Nonlinear Optical Materials
    • Novel nonlinear materials
    • New materials for frequency conversion
    • Material platforms for integrated photonics
    • Crystalline and nanocrystalline materials
    • 2D materials
    • Topological materials
    • Synthetic materials and polymers
  6. Nonlinear Optics for Machine Learning, Neural Networks, Emulators
    • Nonlinear activation functions
    • Ising machines
    • Computing in real and synthetic dimensions
  7. Nonlinear Optics in Sub-Wavelength Structures
    • Light-matter interactions in the sub-wavelength domain
    • Nonlinear plasmonics
    • Epsilon-near-zero materials



Demetrios Christodoulides, University of Southern California, USA, Chair
Peter Rakich, Yale University, USA, Chair
Mercedeh Khajavikhan, University of Southern California, USA, Program Chair
Frank Wise, Cornell University, USA, Program Chair


Nonlinear Optics in Sub-Wavelength Structures
Natalia Litchinitser, Duke University, USA, Subcommittee Chair
Jesse Frantz, Naval Research Laboratory, USA
Rachel Grange, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Arseniy Kuznetsov, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Signapore
Ekaterina Poutrina, Air Force Research Laboratory, USA
Maria Antonietta Vincenti, University of Brescia, Italy

Novel Nonlinear Effects
Zhigang Chen, Nankai University, China; San Francisco State University, USA Subcommittee Chair
Hrvoje Buljan, University of Zagrab, Croatia
Guixin Li, Southern University of Science and Technology, China
Cristina Masoller, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain
Anna Claire Peacock, University of Southampton, UK

Nonlinear Optics in Plasmas
John Palastro, University of Rochester, USA, Subcommittee Chair
Félicie Albert, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA
Alexey Arefiev, University of California, San Diego, USA
Matthew Edwards, Stanford University, USA
Jorge Vieira, GoLP/Instituto Superior Tecnico, Portugal

Nonlinear Optics in Cavities and Light Sources
Alessia Pasquazi, Loughborough University, UK, Subcommittee Chair
David Burghoff, University of Notre Dame, USA
Bart Kuyken, Ghent University, Belgium
Zhixin Liu, University College London, UK
Dawn Tan, Singapore University of Technology & Design, Singapore

Nonlinear Guided Waves (Classical and Quantum)
Guoqing Chang, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, Subcommittee Chair
Wonkeun Chang, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Christophe Finot, University of Bourgogne, France
Shu-Wei Huang, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
Oleg Pronin, Helmut Schmidt University, Germany

Nonlinear Optical Materials
Jeffrey Moses, Cornell University, USA, Subcommittee Chair
Carlota Canalias, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Amy Foster, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Takahiro Morimoto, University of Tokyo, Japan
Clara Saraceno, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
Peter Schunemann, BAE Systems, USA

Nonlinear Optics for Machine Learning, Neutral Networks, Emulators
Daniel Brunner, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France, Subcommittee Chair
Hadiseh Nasari, University of Southern California, USA
Midya Parto, Caltech, USA
Xavier Porte, Strathclyde University, Scotland
Satoshi Sundada, Kanazawa University, Japan
Giovanni Volpe, University of Gothemburg, Sweden



  • Martin Fejer, Stanford UniversityUnited States
    Nonlinear nanophotonics in thin-film lithium niobate Plenary
  • Kerry Vahala, California Institute of TechnologyUnited States
    High-Q Integrated Photonics Plenary
  • Alexander Albrecht, University of New MexicoUnited States
    Laser Cooling of Payloads to 124 K: Implications for High Precision Optical Clocks
  • John Ballato, Clemson UniversityUnited States
    Advances in Semiconductor Nonlinear Optical Fibers and their Application
  • Ileana-Cristina Benea-Chelmus, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
    On-Chip Nonlinear Photonics for Terahertz Applications
  • Andrea Blanco-Redondo, University of Central Florida, CREOLUnited States
    Pure High Even-Order Dispersion Solitons
  • Andrea Blanco-Redondo, University of Central Florida, CREOLUnited States
    Topological Quantum Photonics
  • Alexandra Boltasseva, Purdue UniversityUnited States
    Advancing Nano- and Quantum Photonics with Machine Learning
  • Camille-Sophie Brès, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de LausanneSwitzerland
    Electric-Field-Induced Nonlinearities in Silicon Nitride Integrated Photonics
  • Alexa Carollo, NIST BoulderUnited States
    Integrated Nonlinear Photonics with TiO2-Ta2O5 Mixtures
  • Maria Chekhova, Max-Planck-Inst Physik des LichtsGermany
    Tiniest Sources of Spontaneous Parametric Down Conversion
  • C. Martijn de Sterke, University of SydneyAustralia
    Enhanced Nonlinear Optical Effects by Spectral Control
  • Claudia Gollner, Technische Universität WienAustria
    Highly Efficient Mid-IR Driven THz Generation, and Applications for Nonlinear Perturbation of Matter
  • Yaowen Hu, Harvard UniversityUnited States
    Electro-Optics on Thin-Film Lithium Niobate
  • Jiang Li, hQphotonics Inc.United States
    Small Size, Ultra-Low Phase Noise Photonic Microwave Oscillators
  • Amirhamed Majedi, University of WaterlooCanada
    Nonlinear Optics and Optomagnetics in Quantum Materials
  • Fabio Mangini, Univ degli Studi di Roma La SapienzaItaly
    Femtosecond Extreme Nonlinear Optics with Multimode Fibers
  • Julia Mikhailova, Princeton UniversityUnited States
    Advancing Harmonic Generation in Relativistic Laser-Solid Interactions
  • Gregory Moille, NIST Inst for Physical Science & TechUnited States
    All-Optical Kerr Synchronization of a Dissipative Kerr Soliton Microcomb to an Optical Reference
  • Mitsumasa Nakajima, NTT Device Technology LabsJapan
    Harnessing Photonic Linear/Nonlinear Processing for Machine Learning
  • Marlon Placke, Humboldt Universität zu BerlinGermany
    Spontaneous Parametric Down-Conversion in AlGaAs-on-Insulator Waveguides
  • Minhao Pu, Danmarks Tekniske UniversitetDenmark
    FWM-Driven Coherent Dispersive Wave Generation Enabling Efficient Spectral Translation of Frequency Comb with Low-Power Picosecond Pulses
  • Amir Safavi-Naeini, Stanford UniversityUnited States
    Integrated Lithium Niobate Quantum Nonlinear Optical Devices
  • Vladimir Shalaev, Purdue UniversityUnited States
    Near-Zero-Index Materials for Nonlinear Optics and Beyond
  • Jessica Shaw, University of RochesterUnited States
    Raman Amplification with a 1 × 1015 W/cm2 Seed
  • Maxim Shcherbakov, University of California IrvineUnited States
    Semiconductor and Polaritonic Nanostructures in Strong Optical Fields
  • Ryo Shimano, University of TokyoJapan
    Floquet Engineering of 3-Dimensional Dirac Semimetals
  • Chiara Trovatello, Columbia UniversityUnited States
    Bridging Macroscopic and Microscopic Nonlinear Optics with Layered Semiconductors
  • Jitong Wang, University College LondonUnited Kingdom
    Giant Enhancement of Second-harmonic Generation via Doubly Symmetry Protected Bound States in the Continuum of Photonic Crystal Slabs
  • Logan Wright, Yale UniversityUnited States
    Multimode Nonlinear Photonics: Status, Challenges, and Future Directions
  • Yipeng Wu, University of California Los AngelesUnited States
    Spatial and Spatiotemporal Vortex Harmonics Carrying Controllable Orbital Angular Momentum Generated by Plasma Mirrors
  • Yun Zhao, Columbia UniversityUnited States
    High-Gain Regenerative Parametric Amplification On-Chip
  • Bo Zhen, University of PennsylvaniaUnited States
    Floquet Topological Phases in Driven Nonlinear Photonic Crystals



Martin Fejer
Stanford University

Nonlinear nanophotonics in thin-film lithium niobate
The development of periodically poled nanowire waveguides in lithium niobate enables a combination of strong nonlinear coupling, low propagation losses and dispersion engineering unavailable in other platforms. Ultralow power and few cycle nonlinear interactions, and progress toward few photon operation, will be discussed.

About the Speaker
Martin Fejer is Professor and Chair of Applied Physics and was Senior Associate Dean of Humanities and Sciences (2004 – 2009) at Stanford University. He received his BA in Physics from Cornell University and his MS and PhD in Applied Physics from Stanford University. His current research interests are in nonlinear optical materials and devices, guided wave optics, micro- and nano-structured ferroelectrics and semiconductors, ultrafast optics, classical and quantum optical signal processing and materials with low dissipation. He has published over 500 papers in these areas and holds over 30 patents. He is active in professional Society activities; is a fellow of the IEEE and of Optica, whose R. W. Wood Prize he was awarded in 1998, and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2016.


Kerry Vahala
California Institute of Technology, USA

High-Q Integrated Photonics
High-Q microresonators access nonlinear-optical phenomena at milli-Watt power levels. Their physical principles are reviewed along with recent applications including rotation sensing, frequency synthesis, time keeping and high-coherence sources. Future performance limits are also discussed.

About the Speaker
Kerry Vahala is Professor of Applied Physics at Caltech and holds the Jenkins Chair in Information Science and Technology. His research on chip-based high-Q optical resonators and related low-power nonlinear optical devices has helped advance miniature frequency and time systems, microwave sources, parametric oscillators, astrocombs and gyroscopes. Vahala also made early contributions to the subject of cavity optomechanics and demonstrations of chip-based devices to cavity QED phenomena. A member of the National Academy of Engineering and Fellow of Optica and the IEEE, he received the IEEE Sarnoff Medal for research on quantum-well laser dynamics, the Alexander von Humboldt Award and MPQ Distinguished Scholar Award for work on ultra-high-Q optical microcavities, a NASA achievement award for application of frequency combs to exoplanet detection and the Optica Forman Team Engineering Excellence Award for a 2-photon optical clock. Vahala is the Executive Officer of the Department of Applied Physics and Materials Science at Caltech.


Special Events

Optica Laser Systems Technical Group Special Talk & Networking Event

Monday, 12 December 19:00 – 20:30
Rooms 133-134, Barcelona International Convention Centre

Join the Laser Systems Technical Group for a special talk.

Patrick Baer, Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology, Germany
Talk: High Stability Fiber Lasers at 1 and 2 µm for Gravitational Wave Detectors, Sensing- and Quantum Applications

Baer’s talk offers an overview of fiber amplifier development at 1 µm and 2 µm, shows its potential for various applications and presents recent achievements and current challenges. Attendees are invited to stay after the talk to connect with colleagues over refreshments.


NLO Reception

Wednesday, 12 July 18:00 – 19:30
Longboard Lounge

Enjoy food and drinks with your friends and colleagues during the conference reception.


Farewell Toast

Thursday, 13 July 16:00 – 16:30
Ballroom Foyer

The meeting concludes with a toast. It is a time to reflect on the week and discuss learnings with fellow attendees.


Boat Tour

Friday, 14 July 10:00 – 11:30
Ala Wai Boat Harbor

Join fellow Nonlinear Optics Topical Meeting attendees aboard the Aloha Kai as it takes a memorable cruise down Waikiki Beach, with stunning views of the Waikiki coastline on the beautiful Hawaiian water. This event is open to all registered attendees but space is limited.


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