• Technical Conference: 

    07 – 12 May 2023

  • Exhibition: 

    09 – 11 May 2023

Enabling Highly Multimode Nonlinear and Quantum Photonics

Symposium Organizers

Logan Wright, NTT Research/Cornell, USA

Marco Piccardo, Harvard/Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy


A central goal of photonics research is judicious and rich control of light. Techniques to control light’s spatial, temporal, spectral, and vectorial properties are many. While multimodal shaping often relies on linear optics, many breakthroughs have required mastery of fundamentally nonlinear multimode physics, such as lasing, mode-locking, and parametric down-conversion. Today, the motivation to precisely control light in many – and many more - diverse modes is often driven by nonlinear and quantum optical phenomena, such as high-field light-matter interactions or high-dimensional entanglement. Designing nonlinear and quantum physics is however notoriously difficult, challenging intuition with even a few degrees of freedom. Computationally intensive methods like inverse design present a promising option, but are still immature for nonlinear and quantum systems. The question thus remains wide open: How can we design – and understand – complex nonlinear and quantum photonic systems?


The goal of this special symposium is to bring together diverse perspectives on the control and design of multimode quantum and nonlinear optical systems, and to begin to answer this question. While linear complex photonic devices and applications overlap with this symposium’s subject, we ask speakers to look beyond linearity, to identify the challenges, opportunities, and solutions, for complex nonlinear and quantum photonics.


Invited Speakers

Mehul Malik, University of Rochester, USA
Harnessing complexity for manipulating spatiotemporal entanglement

Alireza Marandi, California Institute of Technology, USA
Phase transitions in coupled OPOs

Sergei Turitsyn, Aston University, UK
Machine learning for ultrafast nonlinear optical systems

Spencer Jolly, ULB, Belgium
Bridging free-space and guided-wave space-time optics

Sergio Carbajo, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Generating spatial and spatiotemporally structured light with high intensity

Mario Chemnitz, Leibniz-Institut für Photonische Tech​, Germany
Programmable Optical Fibers for Advanced Linear and Nonlinear Mode Control

Tyler Hughes, Flexcompute Inc., USA
Inverse design of large scale nonlinear optics platforms using hardware-accelerated solvers

Tatsuhiro Onodera, NTT Research, USA
Machine learning with nonlinear optical wave propagation

Zahra Eslami, Tampere University, Finland
Towards soft-glass GRIN optical fibers: a new avenue for multimode nonlinear photonics

Vincent Ginis, Vrije Universiteit Brussel​, Belgium
Combining cascaded-mode optics and machine learning: A new perspective for inverse design of multimode optical devices

Melissa Guidry, Stanford University, USA
Multimode squeezing in soliton crystal microcombs

Nina Meinzer, Nature Physics, UK
Overview of Recent Trends in Complex Optics: An Editor’s Perspective

Luana Olivieri, University of Sussex, UK
Imaging with spatiotemporal THz fields