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.
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.
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.