Nonlinear Optics

15 July 2019 – 19 July 2019 Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Waikoloa Beach, Hawaii United States


  1. Fundamental Studies and New Concepts
    • Coherent control of slow and fast light
    • High intensity and relativistic nonlinear optics
    • Nonlinear light propagation : solitons, shock waves, and rogue waves
    • Quantum nonlinear optics : single photons, cold photonic gases, communication, computation
    • Nonlinear optics in random media
    • Nonlinear optics at low powers
    • Topological nonlinear optics
    • Ultrafast phenomena
    • 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
    • Organic, soft, bio, hybrid and biomimetic matter
    • Photonic bandgap structures
    • Fibers and waveguides
    • Chip-based nonlinear optics
    • Photorefractives
    • Materials for gain and frequency conversion
  3. Applications
    • 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
    • Nonlinear optical processes in the THz range
    • X-ray nonlinear optics and sources
    • Laser induced fusion
    • Machine learning, neural networks and neuromorphic computation
    • Materials processing
    • Biological and biomedical applications
    • Nonlinear microscopy and spectroscopy



  • Nail Akhmediev, Australian National UniversityAustralia
  • Jens Biegert, ICFO -Institut de Ciencies FotoniquesSpain
  • John Bowers, University of California Santa BarbaraUnited States
  • Daniel Brunner, CNRSFrance
  • Hui Cao, Yale UniversityUnited States
  • Demetrios Christodoulides, University of Central FloridaUnited States
  • Majid Ebrahim-Zadeh, ICFO -Institut de Ciencies FotoniquesSpain
  • Miro Erkintalo, University of AucklandNew Zealand
  • Shanhui Fan, Stanford UniversityUnited States
  • Mark Foster, Johns Hopkins UniversityUnited States
  • Rupert Huber, Universität RegensburgGermany
  • Franz Kaertner, Center for Free Electron Laser ScienceGermany
  • Tobias Kippenberg, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de LausanneSwitzerland
  • Yuri Kivshar, Australian National UniversityAustralia
  • J. Kutz, University of WashingtonUnited States
  • Marko Loncar, Harvard UniversityUnited States
  • Kathy Lüdge, Technische Universität BerlinGermany
  • Alexander Lukin, Harvard University
  • Alireza Marandi, California Institute of TechnologyUnited States
  • Antonio Picozzi, Centre National Recherche ScientifiqueFrance
  • Peter Rakich, Yale UniversityUnited States
  • Hong Tang, Yale UniversityUnited States
  • Stefano Trillo, Universita degli Studi di FerraraItaly
  • Nathalie Vermeulen, Vrije Universiteit BrusselBelgium
  • Ulrike Woggon, Technische Universität BerlinGermany



  • Robert Boyd, University of Ottawa, Canada , Program Chair
  • Claudio Conti, ISC-CNR Dep. Physics Univ. Sapienza, Italy , Program Chair


Plenary Session

Margaret Murnane

University of Colorado at Boulder, USA

Harnessing Extreme Quantum Light Science for understanding Quantum Materials

Most advanced applications of visible lasers require precise control over light – including the wavelength, polarization, waveform and coherence. However, until recently, there were no widely available coherent light sources at wavelengths shorter than the UV. Moreover, EUV and x-ray optics are expensive and challenging to manufacture, when available at all. The extreme quantum coherence of high harmonic (HHG) light sources is enabling exquisite control x-ray light using visible lasers - allowing full control over the waveform, polarization state, orbital and spin angular momenta, and divergence of HHG beams. Important applications include imaging and spectroscopy of quantum materials, as well as metrologies in support of next-generation nanotechnologies. A host of use cases in materials and nano science have now been demonstrated, including engineering energy flow in nanostructures, uncovering the microscopic mechanisms for manipulating the electronic or magnetic state of a material, and directly visualizing the dynamic band structure of materials on femtosecond time scales. Finally, the high spatial coherence of EUV sources makes it possible to implement diffraction-limited imaging at short wavelengths for the first time. This is paving the way for the development of commercial tools for EUV imaging that will provide easy access to these advanced techniques in the laboratory setting.

About the Speaker

Margaret Murnane is Director of the US National Science Foundation STROBE Science and Technology Center on functional nanoimaging, a Fellow at JILA and a member of the Departments of Physics and Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. She received her B.S and M.S. degrees from University College Cork, Ireland, and her Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989. She runs a joint research group with her husband, Prof. Henry Kapteyn. Margaret's research interests have been in ultrafast laser and x-ray science. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America and the AAAS. Her honors include the 2017 recipient of the Ives Medal/ Quinn Prize of the Optical Society of America,  a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship, and election to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Phiosophical Society, and the Royal Irish Academy. She has done extensive service, including serving as Chair of the President’s Committee for the US National Medal of Science.


Paul Corkum

University of Ottawa, Canada

High Harmonic Generation with Structured Light Beams

We use intense vector beams to generate high harmonics or to create solenoidal currents in solids or gases.  We predict THz magnetic fields reaching the scale of those only available at user facilities.

About the Speaker

Dr. Corkum is a fellow of the Royal Societies of Canada and London; a foreign member of the US, the Austrian and the Russian Academy of Science. In 2013, he was awarded Saudi Arabia's King Faisal Prize for science and Israel's Harvey Prize for physics. In 2014 he was named "Thompson Reuters Citation Laureate for work that is of Nobel class and likely to earn the Nobel someday". In 2018 he received the SPIE Gold medal and the IOP's Newton Medal, both societies highest awards.