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Foundations of Nonlinear Optics

August 4-5, 2015

Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA


Organization and Program Comittee

Ivan Biaggio, Lehigh University
Mark Kuzyk, Washington State University
Timothy Atherton, Tufts University


List of Confirmed Invited Speakers

Timothy J. Atherton, Tufts University:

Hyperpolarizabilities of Exotic Potentials

Ivan Biaggio, Lehigh University:

Spectroscopy of the Third-Order Polarizability via Degenerate Four-Wave Mixing, and the Exceptional Two-Photon Absorption of Some Small Molecules

Chris Burke, Tufts University:

Searching for potentials which optimize the second hyperpolarizability with multiple non-interacting electrons

Jacquiline M. Cole, Cambridge University:

Classifying local pi-conjugation effects in organic nonlinear optical materials

Sheng Ting Hung, University of Leuven:

Molecular symmetry as a constraint preventing the many-state catastrophe of fundamental limits of the first hyperpolarizability

Mark G. Kuzyk, Washington State University:

Fundamental Limits of Device Figures of Merit

Alexander Lou, Northwestern University:

Exceptional Nonlinear Optical Response in Twisted Chromophores

Rick Lytel, Washington State University & First Degree Innovation:

Optimization of Optical Nonlinearities Using Quantum Graph Models

Sean Mossman, Washington State University:

The Role of the Continuum in Static Nonlinear Optics

Javier Perez-Moreno, Skidmore College:

Beyond simple scaling: Finding the best molecular paradigms for nonlinear optics

Joseph Perry, Georgia Tech:

Processable organic materials with large figures-of-merit for all-optical signal processing

Rolfe G. Petschek, Case Western Reserve University:

Quantum Bounds on Hyperpolarizability for Multiple Electrons and Constraints on FerroElectricity

Meghana Rawal, Nanoviricides, Inc.:

Breaking Linear Conjugation in Second Order NLO Chromophores, Allowed or Disallowed?

Kenneth D. Singer, Case Western Reserve University:

Cavity Effects in Organic Molecular Materials

Volker Sorger, George Washington University:

Nanophotonic scaling laws & light-matter enhanced optoelectronic devices

Eric Van Stryland, CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics:

Nondegenerate Nonlinearities and 3-level models

This meeting is a follow up to the symposium on Applications of Sum Rules and Scaling in Nonlinear Optics that was held in August 2014 in Pullman, WA.

The meeting will focus on fundamental issues of light-matter interactions from the quantum point of view, the transition between quantum and classical perspectives, and the applications of the insights gained in such a way to the design of molecules and other artificial structures. The program is designed to maximize the breadth of topics, yet maintain a common focus that fosters stimulating interactions that generate new ideas. Unlike large international meetings with many disjoint parallel sessions of low attendance, our aim is to provide a stimulating program that encourages all attendees to spend time together.

A top priority of the meeting is to promote interactions and to allow discussions to flow freely. The meeting will be informal, with no tight schedule. Speakers will present talks in the form of a classroom lecture, and aimed at the level of a graduate student with only a basic knowledge of nonlinear optics. Interruptions for questions and discussions are encouraged. Each speaker will provide documents in advance that can be studied or used as a reference by the attendees.


The meeting will take place August 4-5, 2015, on the campus of Lehigh University. Go here for more details about the location and travel.

The two days of the meeting will be dedicated to plenary talks and discussions, with background reading materials provided by the speakers and available to all. The meeting does not have a registration fee but attendees are still required to register. Housing will be available both on campus (in a dorm that consist of several apartments with 3 private rooms each) and in nearby hotels.

Food will be provided during the day, and there will be a conference dinner Tuesday night. Depending on interest and weather, a BBQ for those still around Wednesday night is tentatively planned.

See the links in the sidebar for information about location, registration, housing, and the detailed conference program

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