Final MOCCA Workshop

All ESRs and their supervisors will meet together to discuss final results of their research in frame of MOCCA project! Also, we are happy to have brilliant invited speakers. They will give their talks and inspire our ESR before their step to the big life after PhD.


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9:00 – 9:30 Welcome in TRT
9:30 – 9:40 Introduction
9.40 – 10:20 Giuseppe Leo «Nonlinear dielectric metasurfaces generating complex forms of second-harmonic light»
10:40 – 11:20 Bart Kuyken «III/V-on-silicon nitride modelocked lasers»

11:20 – 11:40 Coffee break

11:40 – 12:20 Sahin Ozdemir «Non-Hermitian optical processes in microresonators»
12:20 – 13:00 Gregory Moille «Shaping dissipative Kerr soliton for metrology: dispersion tailoring and new nonlinear pathways»

13:00 – 14:00 Banquet in the garden

14:00 – 15:00 Roundtable discussion
15:00 – 16:00 Lab visit

16:00 – 16:20 Coffee break

16:20 – 16:45 Victor Vassiliev (ESR at Aston University) «Production and analysis of heat induced SNAP resonators»
16:45 – 17:10 Loredana Massaro (ESR at C2N-CNRS) «One Dimensional Photonic Crystal Cavities for Frequency Comb Generation»
17:10 – 17:35 Francesco Talenti (ESR at Sapienza University of Rome) «Tapered waveguides inverse optimal design»
17:35 – 18:00 Avinash Kumar (ESR at AMO GmbH) «Generating higher harmonics on Silicon Nitride platform»

20: 00 Dinner in Paris (Marso & co, 16 Rue Vulpian, 75013 Paris map )


Thales Research and Technology
1 avenue Augustin Fresnel, Palaiseau

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Prof. Giuseppe Leo, Unitersité Paris Cité, Laboratoire Matériaux et Phénomènes Quantiques

Giuseppe Leo received his PhD in Physics at Paris-Sud University (2001). Since 1992, he was assistant professor at Roma-Tre University, where he became associate professor in 2002. Since 2004 he has been full professor at Paris Diderot University. G. Leo’s research is in optoelectronics and nonlinear optics, with a focus on AlGaAs nonlinear nanophotonics. Since 2005, he has directed 7 post-docs and 12 PhD students. Previously, he had supervised 12 Laurea theses in Italy.
Head of the DON group of the MPQ Laboratory, in 2006 he has founded and directed 2 Professional Schools at Paris Diderot (“Materials analysis” and “Biophotonics”). Since 2008 he has led the foundation of the Denis Diderot School of Engineering, of which he has been the director ever since.

G. Leo has published more than 110 articles on peer-reviewed journals (>2600 citations and h-30 on Google-Scholar) and 12 book chapters, he has registered 4 patents, he has given over 250 conferences, of which more than 60 invited, and has edited 1 book. He has been elected OSA Fellow in the 2020 class «for pioneering contributions to nonlinear nanophotonics with monolithic aluminum gallium arsenide nanoantennas and metasurfaces ».

Research fields
– Quantum and nonlinear optical metasurfaces
– Nonlinear optics, integrated parametric optical sources
– Integrated optical and optoelectronic devices: design, fabrication and characterization
– Computational electromagnetism: 3D analysis of optical nanostructures

Prof. Bart Kuyken, Ghent University

Bart Kuyken received the BSc in Physics and BSc and MSc in Electrical Engineering from Ghent University in 2006 and 2008 respectively. In 2009, he obtained an additional MSc degree from Stanford University.

After obtaining a PhD degree from Ghent University in 2013, Bart Kuyken focused his post-doctoral work on integrated nonlinear circuits and comb generation and was a visiting worker at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in 2013 and 2014.

In 2015, Bart was appointed tenure track professor at Ghent University. He leads a group of researcher at the Photonics Research Group focusing on the integration of nonlinear optical functions on silicon chips.

Prof. Sahin Ozdemir, The Pennsylvania State University

Sahin K. Ozdemir is an associate professor in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, The Pennsylvania State University. He has over 20 years of expertise in the fields of optical engineering, quantum optics and quantum information science, quantum plasmonics, micro/nano-photonics, non-Hermitian photonics, and PT-symmetry and exceptional points in optics and optomechanics. He has 5 issued patents and has authored over 120 peer-reviewed journal papers.

Gregory Moille, Joint Quantum Institute – University of Maryland/NIST

Gregory Moille is a Assistant Research Scientist working at both the NIST and UMD campuses. He received his M.S. in Physics and Photonics from Grenoble Institut National Polytechnique, France. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from Paris Saclay University, France. His doctoral research focused on the non-linear dynamics of photonic crystal cavities made of III-V materials, as well the fabrication and improvement of these devices. He is now working on developing chip-scale integrated micro-resonators made of silicon nitride for nonlinear optics, in particular dissipative Kerr soliton/frequency comb and novel non-linear wave mixing applications.