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)


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)
Magnetic phase diagram of light-mediated spin structuring in cold atoms
Labeyrie G, Krešić I, Robb G R M, Oppo G-L, Kaiser R, Ackemann T
Optica Vol 5, pp. 1322-1328 (2018)
Spontaneous light-mediated magnetism in cold atoms
Krešić I, Labeyrie G, Robb GRM, Oppo G-L, Gomes PM, Griffin P, Kaiser R, Ackemann T
Communications Physics Vol 1 (2018)
Spontaneous symmetry breaking and trapping of temporal Kerr cavity solitons by pulsed or amplitude-modulated driving fields
Hendry Ian, Chen Wei, Wang Yadong, Garbin Bruno, Javaloyes Julien, Oppo Gian-Luca, Coen Stéphane, Murdoch Stuart G, Erkintalo Miro
Physical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics Vol 97 (2018)

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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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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
UK Quantum Technology Hub in Quantum Enhanced Imaging (Quantic)
Birch, David (Principal Investigator) Dawson, Martin (Principal Investigator) Dawson, Martin (Principal Investigator) Strain, Michael (Principal Investigator) Chen, Yu (Co-investigator) Gu, Erdan (Co-investigator) Li, David (Co-investigator) Strain, Michael (Co-investigator) Watson, Ian (Co-investigator) Jeffers, John (Researcher) Oppo, Gian-Luca (Researcher) Yao, Alison (Researcher)
01-Jan-2014 - 31-Jan-2019
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTA - University of Strathclyde) | Gibson, Christopher
Yao, Alison (Principal Investigator) Oppo, Gian-Luca (Co-investigator) Gibson, Christopher (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2014 - 01-Jan-2018

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