Nonlinear Optics (NLO)

Nonlinear Optics (NLO)

Nonlinear Optics (NLO)

NLO - An international forum for discussion of all aspects of nonlinear optics, including new phenomena, novel devices, advanced materials and applications.

Nonlinear optical phenomena play a key role in several useful photonic applications. Such effects are now studied and applied over a wide range of energies and powers, from single-photons to zettawatts and above, and over broad spectral regimes, from THz to Gamma-ray frequencies. The purpose of this meeting is to provide an international forum for discussion of all aspects of nonlinear optics, including new phenomena, advanced materials, novel device concepts, as well as their applications in various fields of science and technology.

  1. Fundamental Studies and New Concepts
    • Quantum optics, computation and communication
    • Single-photon nonlinear optics
    • Coherent control of slow and fast light
    • High intensity and relativistic nonlinear optics
    • Ultrafast phenomena
    • Solitons, nonlinear propagation, and pattern formation
    • Nonlinear properties of surfaces, interfaces, and nanostructures
    • Nonlinear properties of microcavities and microstructures
    • Nonlinear magneto-optics
    • Attosecond nonlinear optics
  2. Nonlinear Media
    • Atoms and molecules, including cold atoms and condensates
    • Dielectric materials, semiconductors, and metal-based materials
    • Nanostructures, plasmonic materials, and metamaterials
    • Photonic bandgap structures
    • Fibers and waveguides
    • Chip-based nonlinear optics
    • Photorefractives
    • Novel materials for gain and frequency conversion
  3. Applications
    • Lasers and amplifiers
    • Frequency conversion and high-harmonic generation
    • Optical communications
    • Photonic switching
    • Optical storage
    • Stimulated Brillouin scattering and nonlinear optomechanics
    • Nanophotonics
    • Ultrafast measurements
    • Frequency combs and optical clocks
    • THz generation, spectroscopy and imaging
    • Nonlinear x-ray optics
    • Laser induced fusion
    • Materials processing
    • Biological and biomedical applications
    • Nonlinear microscopy and spectroscopy
Benoit Boulanger, Université Joseph Fourier (Grenoble I)FranceThird Harmonic Generation: A Unique Probe for Symmetry Analysis of Isotropic Media under Strain, Invited

Robert Boyd, University of OttawaCanadaUnity-Order Intensity-Dependent Change in Refractive Index in Indium-Tin Oxide at its Epsilon-Near-Zero Wavelength , Invited

Victor Brasch, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de LausanneSwitzerlandPhotonic Chip Based Optical Frequency Comb Using Soliton Induced Cherenkov Radiation , Invited

Hui Cao, Yale UniversityUnited StatesLasing in Amorphous Photonic Structures, Invited

Demetrios Christodoulides, University of Central FloridaUnited StatesSupersymmetric Photonics: Mode conversion, scattering and transformation optics , Invited

Claudio Conti, ISC-CNR Dep. Physics Univ. SapienzaItalyQuantum Gravity Simulation and Irreversibility in Nonlinear Optics, Invited

Joel Cox, ICFO -The Institute of Photonic SciencesSpainPlasmon-induced Nonlinear Phenomena in Atomic-scale Structures , Invited

Steven Cundiff, University of MichiganUnited StatesObservation of the Excitation Ladder in a Microcavity Diode Using Multi-quantum Coherent Optical Photocurrent Spectroscopy , Invited

Barak Dayan, Weizmann Institute of ScienceIsraelDemonstration of Deterministic Photon-photon Interactions Mediated by a Single Atom, Invited

Majid Ebrahim-Zadeh, ICFO -The Institute of Photonic SciencesSpainOptical Parametric Oscillators: Towards longest mid-IR wavelengths and shortest few-cycle pulses, Invited

Benjamin Eggleton, University of SydneyAustraliaEnhancing and Inhibiting Stimulated Brillouin Scattering in Photonic Integrated Circuits , Invited

Rene-Jean Essiambre, Alcatel-LucentUnited StatesNonlinear Capacity Limit to Optical Communications , Invited

Ortwin Hess, Imperial College LondonUnited KingdomCavity-free Stopped-light Nanolasing in Active Nanoplasmic Waveguides and Metasurfaces, Invited

Christian Koos, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KITGermanyCoherent Terabit Communications using Chip-scale Frequency Comb Sources , Invited

Andrew Kung, Academia SinicaTaiwanIntense Supercontinuum Generation in Condensed Media, Invited

Gerd Leuchs, Universität Erlangen-NürnbergGermanyNonlinear Quantum Optics in a Millimeter Size Whispering Gallery Mode Resonator, Invited

Hui Liu, Nanjing UniversityChinaOptical Trapping by Mimicking Gravitational Lensing , Invited

Marko Loncar, Harvard UniversityUnited StatesNonlinear Diamond Photonics, Invited

Margaret Murnane, University of Colorado at BoulderUnited StatesThe Extreme Nonlinear Optics of Coherent X-Ray Beams and Applications in Imaging and Nanometrology, Invited

Peter Rakich, Yale UniversityUnited StatesControl of Coherent Information via Traveling-wave Photon-phonon Interactions , Invited

Denis Seletskiy, University of KonstanzGermanySub-cycle Quantum Optics Based on Multi-terahertz Technology, Invited

Ryo Shimano, The University of TokyoJapanNonlinear Terahertz Spectroscopy of Higgs Mode in Superconductors, Invited

Mark Stockman, Georgia State UniversityUnited StatesTransient Nonlinear Optics of Solids in Extremely High Fields , Invited

Juergen Volz, AustriaNonlinear Pi Phase Shift for Single Fiber-guided Photons Interacting with a Resonator-enhanced Atom , Invited

Chris Xu, Cornell UniversityUnited StatesNonlinear Deep Tissue Imaging with Advanced Soliton Sources, Invited

Jun Ye, University of Colorado at Boulder JILAUnited StatesExtreme Ultraviolet Radiation with Coherence Time Greater than 1 Second, Invited

Hiroyuki Yokoyama, Tohoku UniversityJapanAdvanced Semiconductor-Laser Light Pulse Sources for Multiphoton Microscopy, Invited

Xiang Zhang, University of California BerkeleyUnited StatesNonlinear Optical Propagation in Zero Index Materials, Invited

W. E. Moerner, Stanford UniversityUnited StatesLight Paves the Way to Single-Molecule Detection and Photocontrol: Foundations of Super - Resolution Microscopy, Keynote


Martti Kauranen, Tampere University of Technology, Finland
Wayne Knox, University of Rochester, United States

Program Chairs

Barry Luther-Davies, Australian National University, Australia
Herbert Winful, University of Michigan, United States

Committee Members

Ole Bang, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, Denmark
Randy Bartels, Colorado State University, United States
Robert Boyd, University of Ottawa, Canada
Tal Carmon, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, United States
Cornelia Denz, Westfaelische Wilhelms Univ Munster, Germany
David Hagan, University of Central Florida, CREOL, United States
Kodo Kawase, Nagoya University, Japan
Paul Lett, National Inst of Standards & Technology, United States
Natalia Litchinitser, State University of New York at Buffalo, United States
Chang Hee Nam, Gwangju Inst of Science & Technology, South Korea
Lung-Han Peng, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Mansoor Sheik-Bahae, University of New Mexico, United States
Concita Sibilia, Univ degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza, Italy
Jeffrey Squier, Colorado School of Mines, United States
Andrey Sukhorukov, Australian National University, Australia
Sergei Turitsyn, Aston University, United Kingdom
Wenjie Wan, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Nikolay Zheludev, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Lei Zhou, Fudan University, China

Advisory Committee Members

Benoit Boulanger, Université Joseph Fourier (Grenoble I), France
Steve Cundiff, University of Michigan, USA
Martin Fejer, Stanford University, USA
Alexander Gaeta, Cornell University, USA
Tony Heinz, Stanford University, USA
Galina Khitrova, University of Arizona, USA
Arthur Smirl, University of Iowa, USA
Takunori Taira, Institute for Molecular Science, Japan
Antoinette Taylor, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA

Hawaiian Cultural Workshop

Wednesday, 29 July
9:00 - 10:30
Kipu Meeting Room (D)
Cost: $35 per person for adults and children (not included in the registration fee)

Kumu Ka‘iulani will teach a odern Hula Dance and Traditional Hawaiian Chant/Song. For the Workshop you’ll need: Tank top or T‐shirt, shorts or sarong, bare feet, notepad, pencil, ALOHA & FUN!! Workshop is open to: OSA members, family, and friends. (Children 12 years old and under must have a parent present at all times.)


Luau Concert - There will be an opportunity to perform what you have learned in the Workshop at the Conference Luau during Kimo & Ka‘iulani’s Cocktail Hour Concert.**

**Note: Luau admission tickets are required to participate in Luau Concert. Additional tickets may be purchased at Registration.

Conference Reception & Luau

Wednesday, 29 July
18:00 - 21:00
Luau Gardens

Join us for a reception and networking featuring traditional Hawaiian food and entertainment. This event is included in all NLO full technical registrations. Additional tickets are available for purchase from the registration desk. Additional tickets cost below:

Adults - $99.00
Children (6-12yrs) - $58.00
Children (5yrs and below) – No charge

Star Gazing (directly following the Luau)

Wednesday, 29 July
21:00 – 22:00
Near the Luau Gardens

Kaua'i Educational Association for Science and Astronomy (KEASA) will set up a few telescopes and binoculars and after the Conference Luau.  Learn about the wonders of the sky, the solar system and the science behind it.

NW4A • Poster Session

Wednesday, 29 July
15:30 - 18:00
Kona Salon

Posters are an integral part of the technical program and offer a unique networking opportunity, where presenters can discuss their results one-to-one with interested parties. Each author is provided with a board on which to display the summary and results of his or her paper.

W.E. Moerner

Stanford University, USA
Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 2014

Light Paves the Way to Single-Molecule Detection and Photocontrol: Foundations of 
Super - Resolution Microscopy

Abstract: More than 25 years ago, low temperature experiments aimed at establishing the ultimate limits to optical storage in solids led to the first optical detection and spectroscopy of a single molecule in the condensed phase.  At this unexplored ultimate limit, many surprises occurred where single molecules showed both spontaneous changes (blinking) and light-driven control of emission, properties that were also observed in 1997 at room temperature with single green fluorescent protein variants. In 2006, PALM and subsequent approaches showed that the optical diffraction limit of ~200 nm can be circumvented to achieve super-resolution fluorescence microscopy, or nanoscopy, with relatively nonperturbative visible light.  Essential to this is the combination of single-molecule fluorescence imaging with active control of the emitting concentration and sequential localization of single fluorophores decorating a structure.  Super-resolution microscopy has opened up a new frontier in which biological structures and behavior can be observed in live cells with resolutions down to 20-40 nm and below.  Examples range from protein superstructures in bacteria to bands in actin filaments to details of the shapes of amyloid fibrils and much more.  Current methods development research addresses ways to extract more information from each single molecule such as 3D position and orientation. 

Bio: W. E. Moerner, the Harry S. Mosher Professor of Chemistry and Professor, by courtesy, of Applied Physics at Stanford University, conducts research in physical chemistry and chemical physics of single molecules, single-molecule biophysics, super-resolution imaging and tracking in cells, and trapping of single molecules in solution. His interests span methods of precise quantitation of single-molecule properties, to strategies for three-dimensional imaging and tracking of single molecules, to applications of single-molecule measurements to understand biological processes in cells, to observations of the photodynamics of single photosynthetic proteins and enzymes. He has been elected Fellow/Member of the NAS, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, AAAS, ACS, APS, and The Optical Society. Major awards include the Earle K. Plyler Prize for Molecular Spectroscopy, the Irving Langmuir Prize in Chemical Physics, the Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award, the Peter Debye Award in Physical Chemistry, the Wolf Prize in Chemistry, and the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.