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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:

› Nano-Optics (NO): Conception-realization of nano-antennas on optical fiber and metallic, dielectric or hybrid metamaterials, mainly on lithium-active photonic crystals, the study of their nanometric properties and the development of original nanophotonic components .

› Non Linear Optics (ONL): New concepts in nonlinear and opto-acoustic photonics in optical fibers, in nonlinear dynamics of self-guided waves and photo-induced guides, in nonlinear and quantum imaging.

› Optoelectronics, Photonics and Optical Telecommunications (OPTO): New concepts of complex systems based on non-linear optical and optoelectronic delay dynamics, especially neuromorphic computing, quantum information systems architectures, control of laser-matter interaction processes and extreme waves in ultrafast photonics.

› FRI-LIGHT Technology Platform (Training-Research-Innovation by Light). Its purpose is to provide research, higher education and technology transfer organizations with a pool of equipment, instrumentation and know-how in photonics, as well as Specific Electromagnetic Modeling

Contact and location

Tél : +33 3 81 66 64 00
E-mail :

15B Avenue des Montboucons
25030 Besançon Cedex


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