We will assemble a programme of speakers who will consider the many ways supercontinuum generation do play an essential role in physics and photonics. Courses will be given in english and will be organized in the framework of the work packages WP1 and WP4 “Fibre modelling and SC applications” of the European ITN project.

Ph.D Students will be trained in the basics of nonlinear fiber optics and in the use of advanced numerical simulation software for the design of photonic crystal fibers and the study of supercontinuum generation in optical fibers. The participants will acquire knowledge in nonlinear optics, numerical methods, emphasizing both the underlying physics and mathematics, and their performance in solving important photonics problems.

The ESRs will face real-world requirements of engineering design criteria to specific applications of their respective projects in that the numerical simulations are to be followed by characterization of experimental supercontinuum sources.

Preliminary Program

Day 1 (Tuesday 19/09) - Basics

9h00-10h30 - Dr Mariusz Klimczak (Institute of Electronic Materials Technology, ITME)

Introduction to nonlinear photonic crystal fibers

11h00-12h30 - Pr. Johann Troles (Institut des Sciences Chimiques de Rennes, CNRS, Université de Rennes 1, France)

Optical properties and fabrication of infrared fibers

12h30-14h00 - Lunch and Discussion

14h00-15h30 - Pr Christophe Finot (ICB, CNRS, Université de Bourgogne, France)

Basics of Nonlinear Photonics: We recall the basis of linear and nonlinear propagation in a single mode optical fiber. Starting from the time-frequency representation, we will qualitatively describe the consequences of dispersion and Kerr effects. It will help us to understand how the Kerr nonlinearity can be useful to temporally or spectrally compress a pulse. We will also introduce the soliton and the process of modulation instability that can develop in the regime of anomalous dispersion. The dynamics in normally dispersive fibers are radically different and nonlinear structures such as self-similar waves can be observed. The various concepts will be useful to understand various functionalities used in the field of nonlinear photonics.

16h00-17h30 - Pr. John M. Dudley (FEMTO-ST institute, CNRS, Université de Franche-Comté, France)

Femtosecond supercontinuum generation: Basics and Numerical modelling

Day 2 (Wednesday 20/09)  Supercontinuum Properties

9h00-10h30 - Pr. Goery Genty (Tampere University of Technology, TUT)

Coherence of supercontinuum Light

11h00-12h30 - Pr. Morten Bache (Technical University of Danemark, DTU)

Supercontinuum generation in quadratic nonlinear crystals

12h30-14h00 - Lunch and Discussion

14h00-15h30 - Pr. Arnaud Mussot (IRCICA institute, PHLAM, CNRS, Université de Lille, France)

CW-pumped supercontinuum generation

16h00-17h30 - Pr Stéphane Coen (Department of Physics, The University of Auckland, New Zealand)

Supercontinuum, cavity solitons and Frequency combs

Day 3 (Thursday 21/09) Applications of Supercontinuum light sources

9h00-10h30 - Pr. Katia Gallo (KTH, Royal institute of Technology, Sweden)

Applications of Supercontinuum light sources

11h00-12h30 - Dr. Bettina Heise (Research Center for Non Destructive Testing GmbH, Austria)

Optical Coherence Tomography for Applications

12h30-14h00 - Lunch and discussion

14h-15h30 - Pr Philippe Leproux (Institut Xlim, CNRS, Université de Limoges, France)

Applications of Supercontinuum light sources 2

16h00-17h30 -  SUPUVIR meeting and ESR discussions