Prof. Christodoulides and A/Prof. Khajavikhan: SPIE 2017 visiting lectures

On Dec. 14  Prof. Christodoulides and A/Prof. Khajavikhan from CREOL, University of Central Florida, were kind enough to give the SPIE visiting lectures for 2017.  This event was organised by the ANU SPIE student chapter.

Prof. Christodoulides gave a highly exciting lecture on two topics: Parity-Time Symmetry in Optics and Photonics and Airy beams.


Prof. Christodoulides giving the first lecture


After a short afternoon tea, A/Prof.  Khajavikhan then gave a fascinating lecture on Coherence and Collective Properties of Metallic Nanolasers.

A/Prof. Khajavikhan giving the second lecure


After the lectures we also organized a special social event for the students visiting lecturers.


The SPIE visiting lecturer program is one of the  primary benefits of Membership in SPIE, which offers the opportunity to interact with world-class scientists and engineers at the leading edge of technological advances in optics and photonics.

More information about SPIE visiting lecturer program see the SPIE page on visiting lecturers.


OSA ANU student chapter travelling lecturer– Prof. Mikhail Belkin

On the 15th September the ANU student chapter of the OSA hosted Prof. Mikhail Belkin, from the University of Texas at Austin, as an OSA travelling lecturer.  In his talk on “Photonic devices based on quantum-engineered nonlinear metamaterials” he described how his group uses inter-sub-band transition semiconductor heterostructures to make practical photonic devices.

These devices have functionalities not available with any other technology.  For example, he described how they developed terahertz semiconductor laser sources based on efficient intra-cavity nonlinear frequency mixing in quantum cascade lasers.  He also discussed their ultrathin highly-nonlinear metasurfaces that can provide broadband focal-plane frequency up- and down-conversion in the near-mid-far-infrared with only mW-level of optical pumping.  His talk attracted a broad interest across the school and generated many discussions.

Prof. Mikail Belkin (3rd from right) with chapter officers and Prof. Yuri Kivshar after the lecture.
Prof. Belkin on a tour of our laboratories.


Prof. Mikail Belkin and Prof. Roland Schiek, visiting from Regensburg, at lunch with the OSA officers.
Prof. Belkin with Prof. Dragomir Neshev, Prof. Schiek and some of the doctoral students from the Nonlinear Physics Centre having dinner at The Fellows Bar.

  The OSA Traveling Lecturer Program provides funding for OSA Student Chapters and Local Sections to host a guest speaker annually. More information of this program can be found at:

More information on Prof. Belkin can be found at: