Welcome to the second Topical Workshop WOMBAT

Workshop on OptoMechanics and Brillouin scattering, fundamentals, Applications and Technologies

After the great success of the first workshop in Sydney in 2015, the second WOMBAT workshop will be held in Besançon at the FEMTO-ST headquarters new building at Temis in Besançon on 3-5 July 2017. It will bring together european and international researchers in the field of physics and applications of opto-mechanics and Brillouin light scattering (See organizing and steering committees). The symposium will celebrate the fact that it will be soon 100 years that the theory of light scattering in transparent materials was introduced by Brillouin in 1922. We will assemble a fantastic programme of speakers who will consider the many ways Brillouin scattering and optomechanics do play an essential role in photonics. The symposium will be held in the spirit of a lively and constructive debate with interruptions and questions encouraged !

Attendees are encouraged to arrive Sunday 2 July or Monday 3 early in the morning.

The maximum number of participants is limited to 100.

Reservations will be accepted in the order they are received.


Besançon is an old Roman town of Art and History where Vauban’s masterpiece (engineer and military architect, XVIIe century), the Citadelle belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage.

The city is famous for its microtechnology and watch industries. It is located in the heat of Europe and readily accessible by transport. See here for travel information and location.

FEMTO-ST is a joint research unite associated with CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research) and the University Bourgogne-Franche-Comté and the department of Optics is internationally recognized in the fields of optoelectronics and nonlinear photonics.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Besançon.

The organizers : Jean-Charles Beugnot and Thibaut Sylvestre