Optics department

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Presentation Optics

Department of Optics and Photonics

Optics and photonics are at the heart of the OPTICS Department. These disciplines also include significant activities in microtechniques and nanosciences. In addition, the department also develops multidisciplinary projects in these domains with other FEMTO-ST departments.

Born of the remarkable historical evolution in nanometrology, near-field microscopy, integrated optics in lithium niobate, ultrafast optics, nonlinear optics and opto-electronic dynamics, along with quantum optics, the department’s current research areas are investigated by 4 different teams.

Research groups

The optics department includes about 80 staff members. Its research groups are as follows:

› The Nano-Optics group (NO): Design and production of individual nanoantennas on optic fibers and of metamaterials (metallic, dielectric or hybrid), principally active lithium niobate photonic crystals, the study of their nano-optic properties and development of original nanophotonic components.

› The Nonlinear Optics group (ONL): New concepts in nonlinear photonics and opto-acoustics, in nonlinear dynamics of self-guided waves and photo-induced waves, in nonlinear and quantum imaging.

› The Optoelectronics, Photonics and Telecommunication Optics group (OPTO): New concepts in complex systems based on the dynamics of nonlinear optics and optoelectronics delay, particularly neuromorphic computing, the architectures of quantum information systems, control of laser-matter interaction processes and of extreme waves in ultra-rapid photonics.

› The Photonics for Medical Instrumentation group (PIM): Development of sensors, instrumentation and translational research for diagnosis and analysis in life sciences, medicine and health.

Contact and location

Office :
Tél : +33 3 81 66 64 00
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Address :
15B Avenue des Montboucons
25030 Besançon Cedex