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SC396 - Principles and Applications of Guided Wave Nonlinear Optics

Monday, 06 May
08:30 - 12:30

Short Course Level: Advanced Beginner


Ben Eggleton, University of Sydney, Australia

Short Course Description:

This course will review recent research and applications in the field of nonlinear guided wave optics with emphasis on both fundamentals and emerging applications. Starting from a strong foundation in the principles of nonlinear optics, we will review recent progress in emerging nonlinear optical platforms with an emphasis on the different materials, including silicon, chalcogenide, III-V semiconductors, lithium niobate, photonic crystal fibers, nanophotonic circuits and others. We will establish key figures of merit for these different material systems and a general framework for nonlinear guided wave optics with emphasis on the applications in emerging areas of science and technology. We will then review recent progress and breakthroughs in the following areas: all-optical processing, ultra-fast optical communications, slow light, highly nonlinear and emerging waveguides, ultrafast measurement and pulse characterization, frequency combs and optical clock, optical parametric amplifiers and oscillators, generation and applications of optical supercontinuum, nonlinear localization effects and solitons, nonlinear optics for quantum information.

Short Course Benefits:

This course should enable the participants to:

  • Get state-of-the-art knowledge of nonlinear optics in emerging waveguides and materials
  • Understand the applications of nonlinear optics in key applications
  • Have a foundation of nonlinear waveguide physics for emerging applications and science
Short Course Audience:

This course assumes some basic knowledge/familiarity of nonlinear optics. Individuals lacking such knowledge should consider taking SC149: Foundations of Nonlinear Optics first.

Instructor Biography:

Ben Eggleton has made pioneering contributions to nonlinear optics and all-optical signal processing with recent breakthrough achievements in the nonlinear optics of periodic media, slow-light in photonic crystals, ultrafast planar waveguide nonlinear optics and quantum information processing. His research into new classes of nonlinear waveguides has created a new paradigm for photonic chip based ultrafast optical signal processing and his group holds various world records. His breakthroughs in the nonlinear optics of chalcogenide glasses have led to his demonstrations of new ultrafast optical devices for telecommunications applications, record low-threshold supercontinuum generation sources and on-chip parametric sources. His fundamental breakthroughs include the first demonstrations of gap soliton formation in periodic media and of slow-light-enhanced nonlinear optics in photonic crystals. He is the author or coauthor of more than 490 journal publications and over 200 invited presentations with over 23,000 citations and an h-number of 70 (Webofscience).

Professor Benjamin Eggleton was an ARC Laureate Fellow and served as Director of the ARC Centre for Ultrahigh-Bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS). He is currently Director of the University of Sydney Nano Institute and Professor of Physics at the University of Sydney. He obtained his PhD degree in Physics from the University of Sydney, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia, in 1996 and then he joined Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies as a Postdoctoral Member of Staff. In 2000 he was promoted to Research Director within the Specialty Fiber Business Division of Bell Laboratories, where he was engaged in forward-looking research supporting Lucent Technologies business in optical fiber devices.