Specialty Optical Fibers & Applications (SOF)

27 - 31 July 2014
Barcelona, Spain

Plenary Speakers

Ben EggletonNonlinearities in Periodic Media, From Fiber to Silicon Chips: Plenty to Bragg About
Benjamin Eggleton; University of Sydney, Australia

Abstract: We review recent advances related to nonlinear propagation in periodic structures, where the refractive index varies along one or two directions, i.e. gratings and planar photonic crystals. I will present recent experiments showing how periodic media have been used for pulse compression and the generation of slow Bragg solitons. I then present recent nonlinear experiments performed in photonic crystal waveguides that demonstrate the strong reinforcement of nonlinear third-order optical phenomena with slow light with applications to optical switching, quantum light sources and broadband frequency conversion.

Bio: Professor Benjamin Eggleton is an ARC Laureate Fellow and Professor of Physics at the University of Sydney and is Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh Bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS). He obtained the Ph.D. degree in Physics from the University of Sydney, in 1996. He then joined Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies as a Postdoctoral Member of Staff, and was subsequently promoted to Research Director within the Specialty Fiber Business Division of Bell Laboratories. Eggleton has published 360 journal publications and over 100 invited presentations. He is a Fellow of OSA, IEEE and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE). He was President of the Australian Optical Society and is currently Editor-in-Chief for Optics Communications.

Eric MottayIndustrial Ultrafast Lasers
Eric Mottay; Amplitude Systemes, France

Abstract: From advanced scientific tools to industrial equipment used in numerous factories worldwide, ultrafast lasers have come a long way during the last decade. We will review the current status of ultrafast technologies, present selected industrial case studies and outline future key developments.

Bio: Eric Mottay is the president and CEO of Amplitude Systemes, France, a company he founded in 2001 and which is now a leader in industrial ultrafast lasers. Eric graduated from the Ecole Superieure d'Optique, Orsay, in 1985, and has since specialized in laser development and manufacturing.