Author:   2014-09-16

Presenter:Prof. Stelios Tzortzakis,IESL-FORTH & University of Crete, Greece 

Time:Sep.17th, 2014(Wednesday)16:00p.m.—17:30p.m.

Location:WNLO Building A302 


The nonlinear propagation of ultrashort laser pulses in the form of solitons, filaments and light bullets is an exciting research field. Beyond the basic studies on the complex physical phenomena involved, the field is driven significantly by the numerous applications. One major application is the use of filaments as sources of intense THz radiation. The strength of these sources is such that opens the way to perform excitation and nonlinear optics experiments in this part of the spectrum.

In this presentation I’ll be discussing a number of studies we have been performing on taming these strong laser and THz fields based on two major approaches: using exotic wave packets and photonic lattices.

Brief introduction of the presenter:

Stelios Tzortzakis received his PhD from the Ecole Polytechnique (France, 2001) in Nonlinear Optics. He has worked in many research laboratories in France and Greece, and since 2003 he has held a CNRS position at the Ecole Polytechnique. In 2006 he was the recipient of a European Union Marie Curie Excellence Grant, with which he has founded and now leads the UNIS research group at IESL-FORTH in Greece, where he is a Principal Researcher. In 2011 he was appointed Associate Professor in the Materials Dept. of the University of Crete. He is a recognized expert in nonlinear laser propagation phenomena and has created the website, a unique information resource for the related scientific community.