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)


Control of spatially rotating structures in diffractive Kerr cavities
Yao Alison M, Gibson Christopher J, Oppo Gian-Luca
Optics Express Vol 27, pp. 31273-31289 (2019)
Excitation modes of bright matter-wave solitons
Carli Andrea Di, Colquhoun Craig D, Henderson Grant, Flannigan Stuart, Oppo Gian-Luca, Daley Andrew J, Kuhr Stefan, Haller Elmar
Physical Review Letters Vol 123 (2019)
Laser cavity-soliton microcombs
Bao Hualong, Cooper Andrew, Rowley Maxwell, Di Lauro Luigi, Totero Gongora Juan Sebastian, Chu Sai T, Little Brent E, Oppo Gian-Luca, Morandotti Roberto, Moss David J, Wetzel Benjamin, Peccianti Marco, Pasquazi Alessia
Nature Photonics Vol 13, pp. 384-389 (2019)
Dynamical freezing of relaxation to equilibrium
Iubini Stefano, Chirondojan Liviu Florin, Oppo Gian-Luca, Politi Antonio, Politi Paolo
Physical Review Letters Vol 122 (2019)
Multiple-time-scale analysis for pinned breathers in Bose-Hubbard chains
Chirondojan Liviu F, Oppo Gian-Luca
Physical Review E Vol 99 (2019)
Universal symmetry-breaking dynamics for the Kerr interaction of counterpropagating light in dielectric ring resonators
Woodley Michael T M, Silver Jonathan M, Hill Lewis, Copie François, Del Bino Leonardo, Zhang Shuangyou, Oppo Gian-Luca, Del'Haye Pascal
Physical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics Vol 98 (2018)

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Professional activities

Yueyue Wang
Nonlinear Photonics Conference
Nonlinear Photonics
University of Sussex (External organisation)
Non-equilibrium Processes at Negative Temperature
Honorary Degree Advisory Panel (Event)

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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-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 - 01-Jan-2020
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 - 01-Jan-2020
EPSRC Doctoral Training Grant - DTA, University of Strathclyde | Lena, Rosaria Gabriella
Daley, Andrew (Principal Investigator) Oppo, Gian-Luca (Co-investigator) Lena, Rosaria Gabriella (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 01-Jan-2019

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