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Laurent Larger

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optoelectronic nonlinear delay dynamics

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UFC - UFR ST

director

Laurent Larger is born in Colmar (France)on May 4th 1968. After an initial education in general mathematics and physics (Math Sup, Math Spe) in Strasbourg (France), he entered in the ENS Cachan (France) in 1988, a 4 years state graduate school in Sciences. During these 4 years, he obtained in 1989 and 1990 respectively, a BSc and an MSc in Electronic Engineering and Control Theory in Orsay, University Paris XI, France. In 1991 he succeded in the Physics French Agregation, option Applied Physics (Electrical Engineering). In 1992, he obtained a DEA (1st year PhD, speciality Electronic and Photonic Systems) in Strasbourg, and he also obtained in parallel a BSc in Theoretical Physics, from the university Louis Pasteur. He moved then to Germany for a 16 month French civil service, working as an R&D Engineer at the Fraunhofer Institut in Freiburg, in collaboration with the company Hommelwerke GmbH in Villingen-Schwenningen. His work concerned interferometric integrated optics distance sensors, and also contactless near field acoustic sensors. He started then a PhD in 1994 at the University of Franche-Comté, Besançon, France, in the Optics Lab P.M. Duffieux (UMR CNRS 6603, the current Optics Dept. of the FEMTO-ST institute) under the supervision of Prof. Jean-Pierre Goedgebuer, on a subject entitled "Wavelength chaos for secure optical transmission".
After one year as an temporary assistant professor (A.T.E.R.) in Besançon, he moved to the south of France, in Material Sciences department of the Technical University of Nîmes, as a Physics lecturer (PRAG de Physique). He obtained then a long term position in Besançon as an assistant professor in September 98 en tant que Maître de Conférences à l'Université de Franche-Comté, in the 63rd academic section (Photonics). He is further exploring the research activities initiated during his PhD, especially in the frame of an important exploratory European project (OCCULT, 2001-2004). He has been developing his research both in the cities of Besançon and Metz, where a joint French-US research lab, GTL-CNRS Telecom, has been created by Prof. Jean-Pierre Goedgebuer. From 2003 to 2005, he was head of GTL-CNRS Telecom, the European Research platform of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, USA, in collaboration with the French CNRS. Inn September 2005, he obtained an associate professor position in Besançon, where he concentrated all his research efforts in the newly created (January 2004) FEMTO-ST institute. By the end of 2005, he started a new research direction as the coordinator of a national project on high spectral purity microwave optoelectronic oscillators, also continuing the chaos communication activities in the frame of another European project (PICASSO).
In 2007 he was elected as a Junior member of the Institut universitaire de France(IUF), benefiting of a 5-years position for research of excellence. He got a Full Professor position in 2009 in the University of Franche-Comté.
In 2010, he started a new exploratory research on photonic neuromorphic computing, in the frame of the European project PHOCUS.
He became a senior IEEE member in 2011, OSA senior member in 2012. He joined the executive committee of the FEMTO-ST institute as a deputy director in 2012, and as its director in 2017.

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