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


Observation of mode-locked spatial laser solitons
Gustave F., Radwell N., McIntyre C., Toomey J. P., Kane D. M., Barland S., Firth W. J., Oppo G.-L., Ackemann T.
Phys. Rev. Lett. Vol 118, (2017)
Polarization shaping for control of nonlinear propagation
Bouchard Frederic, Larocque Hugo, Yao Alison M., Travis Christopher, De Leon Israel, Rubano Andrea, Karimi Ebrahim, Oppo Gian-Luca, Boyd Robert W.
Phys. Rev. Lett. Vol 117, (2016)
Stationary and traveling solitons via local dissipations in Bose-Einstein condensates in ring optical lattices
Campbell Russell, Oppo Gian-Luca
Physical Review A Vol 94, (2016)
Controlled merging and annihilation of localized dissipative structures in an AC-driven damped nonlinear Schrödinger system
Jang Jae K, Erkintalo Miro, Luo Kathy, Oppo Gian-Luca, Coen Stéphane, Murdoch Stuart G
New Journal of Physics Vol 18, (2016)
Temperature dependence of spontaneous switch-on and switch-off of laser cavity solitons in vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers with frequency-selective feedback
Jimenez J, Oppo G-L, Ackemann T
Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics Vol 49, (2016)
Dynamics and interaction of laser cavity solitons in broad-area semiconductor lasers
Ackemann T., Jimenez J., Noblet Y., Radwell N., Ren G., Paulau P.V., McIntyre C., Oppo G.-L., Toomey J. P., Kane D. M.
Nonlinear Optical Cavity DynamicsNonlinear Optical Cavity Dynamics, (2016)

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Professional activities

Nonlinear Photonics
University of Sussex (External organisation)
Non-equilibrium Processes at Negative Temperature
Honorary Degree Advisory Panel (Event)
Royal Society of Edinburgh (External organisation)
Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems

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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)
Period 01-Jan-2017 - 31-Dec-2020
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTA - University of Strathclyde) | Gibson, Christopher
Yao, Alison (Principal Investigator) Oppo, Gian-Luca (Co-investigator) Gibson, Christopher (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2014 - 01-Apr-2018
Oppo, Gian-Luca (Principal Investigator) Robb, Gordon (Co-investigator) Campbell, Russell (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2011 - 01-Apr-2015
Super-resolution optical microscopy via nonlinear self-focusing | Travis, Christopher
Oppo, Gian-Luca (Principal Investigator) McConnell, Gail (Co-investigator) Travis, Christopher (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Jul-2011 - 01-Jan-2015
Doctoral Training Grant 2010 | Noblet, Yoann
Ackemann, Thorsten (Principal Investigator) Oppo, Gian-Luca (Co-investigator) Noblet, Yoann (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2010 - 14-Oct-2014
Modelling Condensed Matter Systems with Quantum Gases in Optical Cavities | Diver, Martin
Robb, Gordon (Principal Investigator) Oppo, Gian-Luca (Co-investigator) Diver, Martin (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Jan-2011 - 01-Jul-2014

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