The Schawlow-Townes Symposium Series

October 14, 2020


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Ottawa, Canada

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The University of Ottawa established the Schawlow-Townes Symposium on Photonics in 2012, in honour of Charles H. Townes and Arthur L. Schawlow, who pioneered laser technology in the 1950s. This annual symposium aims to bring to light the research and discoveries of photonics experts at the University of Ottawa, from across Canada and from around the world.

The 2020 iteration of this event will be in an online only format over three days, October 14, 15 and 16. The following speakers have been confirmed:
  • Jochen Guck, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light and the Max Planck Centre for Physics and Medicine
  • Olga Smirnova, Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy
  • Gérard Mourou, Haut college at Ecole polytechnique and University of Michigan
  • Jacob Krich, Univerity of Ottawa
  • Birgit Stiller, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light
  • Giulio Vampa, Stanford University

List of speakers in previous years

2012

  • Charles Townes, University of California at Berkeley
  • Olga Smirnova, Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy
  • Albert Stolow, University of Ottawa
  • Ksenia Dolgaleva, University of Ottawa
  • Christoph Marquardt, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light
  • Erich Ippen, Massachussets Institute of Technology
  • Jeff Lundeen, University of Ottawa
  • Gerd Leuchs, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light

2013

  • Philip Russell, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light
  • Maurice O’Sullivan, Ciena
  • Bahaa E. A. Saleh, University of Central Florida
  • Federico Capasso, Havard University

2014

  • Marlan Scully, Texas A&M and Princeton
  • Ian Walmsley, University of Oxford
  • Thomas Jennewein, University of Waterloo
  • Eli Yablonovitch, University of California at Berkeley
  • Miles Padgett, University of Glasgow
  • Vahid Sandoghdar, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light

2015

  • Serge Haroche, Collège de France
  • Nader Engheta, University of Pennsylvania
  • Kevin Farley, Ciena
  • Ruth Rayman, National Research Council of Canada
  • Larry Tarof, Jabil Optics
  • Ferenc Krausz, Max Planck Institue for Quantum Optics
  • Mordechai Segev, Israel Institute of Technology

2016

  • Mario Pinto, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
  • Sir Peter Knight, Imperial College London
  • Alexander Gaeta, Columbia University
  • Vlad Shalaev, Purdue University

2017

  • David Jones, University of British Columbia
  • Nicholas Karpowicz, Max Planck Institue for Quantum Optics
  • Eugene Arthurs, The international society for optics and photonics
  • Marie D’Iorio, University of Ottawa
  • Florian Marquardt, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light
  • Keith A. Nelson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Margaret M. Murnane, University of Colorado

2018

  • Adina Luican-Mayer, University of Ottawa
  • Ebrahim Karimi, University of Ottawa
  • Alan E. Willner, University of Southern California
  • Jeff Kimble, California Institute of Technology
  • Jun Ye, University of Colorado

2019

  • Reinhard Dörner, Goethe University Frankfurt
  • Eric Mazur, Harvard University
  • Michal Lipson, Columbia University
  • Peter Hommelhoff, Friedrich Alexander University
  • Jean-Michel Ménard, University of Ottawa