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 and in 2016 Oppo was awarded the Teaching Excellence Award for the 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

More prizes and awards


  • 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)


Counterpropagating light in ring resonators : switching fronts, plateaus, and oscillations
Campbell Graeme N, Shuangyou Zhang, Del Bino Leonardo, Del’Haye Pascal, Oppo Gian-Luca
Physical Review A Vol 106 (2022)
Vector vortex solitons and soliton control in vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers
Ackemann T, Guillet T, Pulham H, Oppo G -L
Springer Series in Optical Sciences (2022) (2022)
Control of light-atom solitons and atomic transport by optical vortex beams propagating through a Bose-Einstein condensate
Henderson Grant W, Robb Gordon R M, Oppo Gian-Luca, Yao Alison M
Physical Review Letters Vol 129 (2022)
Self-emergence of robust solitons in a microcavity
Rowley Maxwell, Hanzard Pierre-Henry, Cutrona Antonio, Bao Hualong, Chu Sai T, Little Brent E, Morandotti Roberto, Moss David J, Oppo Gian-Luca, Gongora Juan Sebastian Totero, Peccianti Marco, Pasquazi Alessia
Nature Vol 608, pp. 303-309 (2022)
Coupling of magnetic and optomechanical structuring in cold atoms
Ackemann T, Labeyrie G, Costa Boquete A, Baio G, Walker J G M, Kaiser R, Oppo G-L, Robb G R M
Physical Review A Vol 105 (2022)
Dynamics of optomechanical droplets in a Bose-Einstein condensate
Walker J G M, Robb G R M, Oppo G-L, Ackemann T
Physical Review A Vol 105 (2022)

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Professional activities

Selection of Professor at University of Cote d'Azur, Nice, France
Dipolar and quadrupolar spontaneous magnetic ordering in an atomic spin system mediated by light
Two-dimensional supersolids by light-mediated coupling
Light-mediated interaction in single-mirror feedback systems
Yueyue Wang
Nonlinear Photonics Conference

More professional activities


Theory and simulations of frequency combs in micro-resonator devices (£15K support from MPISL)
Oppo, Gian-Luca (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2023
Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | Campbell, Graeme
Oppo, Gian-Luca (Principal Investigator) Robb, Gordon (Co-investigator) Campbell, Graeme (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2024
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
Engineering many-body quantum states and dissipative dynamics in quantum simulators | 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 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

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