• An In-Person-Only Event
  • Technical Conference:  07 – 12 May 2023
  • The CLEO Hub: 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 and development, as well as a myriad of applications.

The symposium honors the early pioneers, covers applications and addresses some of the emerging areas: Soliton molecules, soliton gases, rogue waves and developments in optical communications and pulse formations in lasers.

In particular, this symposium 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, who passed away in July 2021, spent his career at Bell Laboratories until retiring in 2003. 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

Ilaria Christiani, University of Pavia, Italy

Nick Doran, Aston University, UK
When solitons were employed in a commercial communication system

Ildar Gabitov, University of Arizona, USA

Goëry Genty, Tampereen Teknillinen Yliopisto, Finland
Solitons in supercontinuum generation

Philippe Grelu, University of Burgundy, France
Synchonization of pulsating optical soliton molecules

Ömer Ilday, Bilkent University, Turkey

Bertrand Kibler, CNRS/Univ. Bourgogne, France

Xiang Liu, Huawei, Hong Kong

Pavel Mamyshev, Nubis Communications, USA

Curtis Menyuk, University of Maryland Baltimore County, USA

Moti Segev, Technion, Israel
Momentum-gap solitons in photonic time-crystals

Pierre Suret, University of Lille, France
Soliton Gas: optical fiber experiments and theory

Dawn Tan, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore
Bragg soliton dynamics on an ultra-silicon-rich nitride chip

Sergei Turytsin, Aston University, UK
Solitons in fibre-optic systems: From science to technology