The years 2010 and 2011 saw worldwide celebrations of the invention of the laser and the birth of nonlinear optics. These coupled anniversaries remind us how the fields of laser source development and nonlinear optics have been natural partners now for over half a century, and how this partnership has impacted on all fields of science and technology.
John Dudley's talk, "Breakthroughs in nonlinear optics: new waveguides, new nonlinearities, new directions in ultrafast science," looks to the future and surveys a broad selection of new breakthroughs in nonlinear optics.
In particular, he discusses how developments in new materials and new classes of photonic waveguide are leading to fundamental advances in the understanding of nonlinear light-matter interactions and new applications across many different fields.
Dudley focuses especially on development in ultrafast nonlinear photonics, and discusses how these advances are motivating unexpected new directions of research with surprising applications for other fields of physics.
John Dudley heads the Optoelectronics and Photonics research group at the Univ. de Franche-Comté, CNRS Institut FEMTO-ST (France).