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)


Photon-number squeezing in nano- and microlasers
Carroll Mark Anthony, D'Alessandro Giampaolo, Lippi Gian Luca, Oppo Gian-Luca, Papoff Francesco
Applied Physics Letters Vol 119 (2021)
Spontaneous symmetry breaking of dissipative optical solitons in a two-component Kerr resonator
Xu Gang, Nielsen Alexander U, Garbin Bruno, Hill Lewis, Oppo Gian-Luca, Fatome Julien, Murdoch Stuart G, Coen Stéphane, Erkintalo Miro
Nature Communications Vol 12 (2021)
Self-organization in cold atoms mediated by diffractive coupling
Ackemann Thorsten, Labeyrie Guillaume, Baio Giuseppe, Krešić Ivor, Walker Josh G M, Costa Boquete Adrian, Griffin Paul, Firth William J, Kaiser Robin, Oppo Gian-Luca, Robb Gordon RM
Atoms Vol 9 (2021)
Spontaneous atomic crystallization via diffractive dephasing in optical cavities
Ackemann Thorsten, Costa Boquete Adrian, Baio Giuseppe, Robb Gordon, Oppo Gian-Luca, Griffin Paul
Journal of Physics: Conference Series Vol 1919 (2021)
Multiple self-organized phases and spatial solitons in cold atoms mediated by optical feedback
Baio Giuseppe, Robb Gordon R M, Yao Alison M, Oppo Gian-Luca, Ackemann Thorsten
Physical Review Letters Vol 126 (2021)
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)

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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 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
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 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
Theory and Simulation of Polarisation Frequency Combs in Microcavities
Oppo, Gian-Luca (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 30-Jan-2021
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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