Professor Gian-Luca Oppo


Personal statement

Gian-Luca Oppo is the 1796 Freeland Chair in Natural Philosophy since 2015. He graduated from the Institute of Optics and the University of Florence, Italy, in 1983. He worked at the Universities of Toronto (1985-1987), Drexel in Philadelphia (1987-1989) and Nice (1989). Oppo joined Strathclyde in 1989 and became professor in 1998. Together with William Firth and Stephen Barnett, Oppo built the Computational Nonlinear and Quantum Optics group that was flagged 5* in the RAE in 2001. He created the Institute of Complex Systems at Strathclyde with Des Higham (Mathematics) in 2007. In 2011 Oppo was awarded the Occhialini Medal and Prize from the Institute of Physics and the Italian Physical Society for outstanding insights into spatio-temporal dynamics of lasers, nonlinear and quantum optical systems, achieved through the development and application of powerful techniques for large-to-small-scale computing. In 2014 Oppo was awarded the Teaching Excellence Award for Most Enthusiastic Teacher at Strathclyde. Oppo's research profile and citations are available on Google Scholar

Prizes and awards

Teaching Excellence Award
Visiting Professor Award
1796 Freeland Chair of Natural Philosophy
Teaching Excellence Award
Elected Fellow of Royal Society of Edinburgh
Awarded the Occhialini Medal and Prize 2011

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  • Winner of the Occhialini medal and prize (2011)
  • Winner of the Teaching Excellence Award (2016)
  • Winner of the Teaching Excellence Award (2014)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2012)
  • Fellow of the Optical Society of America (1999)
  • Fellow of the institute of Physics (1997)


Nonlinear dynamics of triple quantum dot molecules in a cavity : multi-stability of three types of cavity solitons
Eslami M, Oppo G-L
European Physical Journal D: Atomic, Molecular, Optical and Plasma Physics Vol 75 (2021)
Temporal cavity solitons in a laser-based microcomb : a path to a self-starting pulsed laser without saturable absorption
Cutrona Antonio, Hanzard Pierre-Henry, Rowley Maxwell, Totero Gongora J S, Peccianti Marco, Malomed B A, Oppo Gian-Luca, Pasquazi Alessia
Optics Express Vol 29, pp. 6629-6646 (2021)
Thermal, quantum antibunching and lasing thresholds from single emitters to macroscopic devices
Carroll Mark Anthony, D'Alessandro Giampaolo, Lippi Gian Luca, Oppo Gian-Luca, Papoff Francesco
Physical Review Letters Vol 126 (2021)
Analytic instability thresholds in folded Kerr resonators of arbitrary finesse
Firth William J, Geddes John B, Karst Nathaniel J, Oppo Gian-Luca
Physical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics Vol 103 (2021)
Self-switching Kerr oscillations of counterpropagating light in microresonators
Woodley Michael TM, Hill Lewis, Del Bino Leonardo, Oppo Gian-Luca, Del’Haye Pascal
Physical Review Letters Vol 126 (2021)
Dissipative polarization domain walls in a passive coherently driven Kerr resonator
Garbin Bruno, Fatome Julien, Oppo Gian-Luca, Erkintalo Miro, Murdoch Stuart G, Coen Stéphane
Physical Review Letters Vol 126 (2021)

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Professional activities

Yueyue Wang
Nonlinear Photonics Conference
Physical Review Letters, American Physical Society (External organisation)
Nonlinear Photonics
University of Sussex (External organisation)
Non-equilibrium Processes at Negative Temperature

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Doctoral Training Partnership 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Henderson, Grant
Yao, Alison (Principal Investigator) Oppo, Gian-Luca (Co-investigator) Henderson, Grant (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2023
Doctoral Training Partnership 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Mansfield, Elliott
Daley, Andrew (Principal Investigator) Oppo, Gian-Luca (Co-investigator) Mansfield, Elliott (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 01-Jan-2022
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP 2016-2017 University of Strathclyde) | Hill, Lewis
Oppo, Gian-Luca (Principal Investigator) Yao, Alison (Co-investigator) Hill, Lewis (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 06-Jan-2021
Theory and Simulation of Polarisation Frequency Combs in Microcavities
Oppo, Gian-Luca (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 30-Jan-2021
Collective effects and optomechanics in ultra-cold matter (ColOpt) (H2020 MCSA ETN)
Ackemann, Thorsten (Principal Investigator) Griffin, Paul (Co-investigator) Oppo, Gian-Luca (Co-investigator) Robb, Gordon (Co-investigator) Yao, Alison (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2020
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP 2016-2017 University of Strathclyde) | Surace, Jacopo
Oppo, Gian-Luca (Principal Investigator) Robb, Gordon (Co-investigator) Surace, Jacopo (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 04-Jan-2020

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