Complex Photonics

Title:  Complex Photonics

Speaker:Prof.Claudio ContiUniversity Sapienza of Rome

Time:  September 13, Thursday, 2018, 9:30-10:30 am

Location: Communication Building 818 Conference Room, Shahe Campus, UESTC.



    Claudio Conti is Professor at the Department of Physics of the University Sapienza of Rome, where he founded the Nonlinear Photonics Laboratory. Formerly, New Talent Grant from the Research Center Enrico Fermi, Humboldt fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, and Director of the Institute of Complex Systems of the Italian National Research Council. Principal investigator in several projects of the European Research Council and Templeton Foundation, he published about 200 articles, including more than 30 Physical Review Letters and more than 10 papers in Nature and Science journals. His main interests include experimental and theoretical photonics and nonlinear optics.


   Merging the science of complexity and photonics is a frontier that is leading us to breakthroughs as controlling extreme waves, or propagating light in disordered matter. I review some of our theoretical and experimental results the observations of the Fermi-Pasta-Ulam-Tsingou recurrence in nonlinear optics of photorefractive crystals and of the Parisi replica symmetry breaking in random lasers. I show experimental evidence of the link between random optical phenomena and spin-glasses, and the way this can be used to realize machine learning reservoir computing with real brain tumor cells. I will also mention other topics as topological photonics, nonlinear optics with 2D materials, out-of-equilibrium plasmonics, and quantum gravity simulation by nonlinear photonics.