• Technical Conference: 

    07 – 12 May 2023

  • Exhibition: 

    09 – 11 May 2023

Celebrating optical-guided-wave solitons - theory & experiments

Symposium Organizers

Martijn de Sterke, Nokia Bell Labs, USA

Mihaela Dinu, CACI-LGS Labs, USA

Sergey Turytsin, Aston University, UK

Stefan Wabnitz, La Sapienza University, Italy

Chris Xu, Cornell University, USA


The year 2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the prediction of solitons in optical fibers, by Akira Hasegawa and Frederick Tappert. Their seminal theroretical paper (“Transmission of stationary nonlinear optical pulses in dispersive dielectric fibers. I. Anomalous dispersion,” in Applied Physics Letters) can be considered the starting point of research and development of solitons in optics and photonics. Once the first experiments were reported, optical solitons became part of the fabric of photonics, with continuing fundamental research, development, as well as a myriad of applications.

The symposium will honor the early pioneers, cover applications, and address some of the emerging areas: soliton molecules, soliton gases, rogue waves, and developments in optical communications and pulse formations in lasers.

This symposium particularly honors Linn Mollenauer, the scientist who first demonstrated solitons in optical fiber in 1980, and one of the towering figures in optical soliton experiments. Linn spent his career at Bell Laboratories, until retiring in 2003, and passed away in July 2021. During his research tenure, he demonstrated a wide range of nonlinear optical phenomena in fibers, such as short pulse solitons, soliton lasers, and the soliton self-frequency shift.


Invited Speakers

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