Prof. Dr. Martijn DE STERKE​

Professor at the School of Physics, University of Sydney and Associate Director of Center for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS), Australia

Martijn de Sterke, Professor at the School of Physics, University of Sydney and Associate Director of Center for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS), is visiting the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy as an Abbe School of Photonics Visiting Professor in October 2012. During his stay he will give two lectures.

Martijn de Sterke received the M.Eng degree in Applied Physics from the University of Delft in the Netherlands, and his PhD in Optics from the University of Rochester in the USA. After his postdoctoral work at the University of Toronto in Canada, he joined the School of Physics at the University of Sydney, where he is now a Professor in Physics working in the area of optics and photonics, particularly Nonlinear Optics, Fiber Optics and Photonic Crystals. He has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal Optics Express since 2007. Martijn de Sterke was the 1999 winner of the Pawsey Medal of the Australian of Sciences and has been a Fellow of the Optical Society of America since 2003.

Martijn de Sterke is a theoretical physicist, whose approach to his research is characterized by actively seeking collaborations with experimentalists. He has authored papers in the fields of optics and photonics, solid state physics, and acoustics, and these papers have appeared both in physics and engineering literature. In optics he has worked on a variety of problems in the areas of nonlinear optics (soliton physics, nonlinear propagation, numerical methods, optical frequency conversion, parametric amplification), wave propagation in random media, guided-wave optics, coupling of co- and contra-propagating modes in one-dimensional periodic media, photonic crystals, microstructured optical fibres, self-written gratings and waveguides, and optical Bloch oscillations. Highlights of his publication record include: development of the theory of grating solitons, including the coupling of these solitons, the nonlinear theory of deep gratings; first experimental verification of these solitons, and the definitive experimental paper; definitive paper on the theory of Hill gratings; theory and first observation of self-writing of waveguides in glass; first calculation of local density of states in realistic photonic crystals for determining radiation dynamics; first study of birefringence, structural losses and the nature of modal cut-offs in microstructured optical fibres; first calculation of the modes of microstructured optical fibres with high-index inclusions; first general theory of frequency conversion in two-dimensionally poled structures, and the general optimization of these poling patterns; first general theory of dynamic localization in semiconductors under an applied uniform AC fields; and proposal and experimental verification of grating-dispersion inverted interference devices.

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Lecture 1: The World of Scientific Publishing from the Perspective of the Editor-in-Chief of Optics Express

Time: October 7, 2012, 18:00
Place: ASP doctoral conference 
DoKDoK, Schloss Oppurg

Martijn will be available for a chat at the Welcome Reception on Sunday, where he will talk about his work as Editor-in-Chief of Optics Express. This is a good opportunity to gain insight into the world of scientific publishing. Maybe you will also get some useful hints for the next paper you try to publish!

Lecture 2: Why Evanescent Modes Matter

Time: October 8, 2012, 09:00
Place: ASP doctoral conference 
DoKDoK, Schloss Oppurg

Why evanescent modes matter