First 'Rio de la Plata' Workshop on Noise, Chaos and Complexity in Lasers and Nonlinear Optics

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay, 1-5 December, 2003

Scientific Organizers:  C. Masoller (Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay)
                                  H. G. Solari (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Topics covered by the Workshop: laser theory, dynamic and noise properties, optical feedback and optical injection, multimode behavior, vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers, polarization and transverse-mode effects, cavity solitons, chaotic synchronization and applications to secure communication systems, laser arrays.

The purpose of the Workshop is to keep the scientific community working on nonlinear phenomena on lasers and optics, updated with the most recent developments and tendencies in the area. We hope that the Workshop will provide the opportunity to interchange ideas in a relaxed environment, contributing in this form to the possible nucleation of new inter-institutional collaborating groups and encouraging the development of scientific collaborations at an international level. Emphasis will be put in the participation of Latin-America young scientists.

The conference will take place in Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay. Located in the north bank of the Rio de la Plata estuary, downriver from Buenos Aires, upriver from Montevideo, Colonia del Sacramento is a small charming city founded in 1680 and declared World Heritage City by UNESCO. Temperatures during December range from 25 to 30 Celsius degrees, with mostly sunny and fresh days.

Invited Speakers :

Wolfgang Elsäßer                                    Quantum Noise Properties of Vertical Cavity Emitting Devices
Darmstadt University of Technology

William Firth                                             Optical Patterns and Cavity Solitons
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
Scotland, U.K.

A. Gavrielides                                         External cavity modes of semiconductor lasers with phase-conjugate feedback
Nonlinear Optics Center
Air Force Research Laboratory, USA

Giovanni Giacomelli                             Experimental Study of Stochastic Phenomena in Vertical Cavity Lasers
Istituto Nazionale di Ottica
Firenze, Italy

Pierre Glorieux                                    Noise reveals spatio-temporal dynamics of the Kerr Slice with simple feedback
Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille
Villeneuve d'Ascq, France

Alejandro Hnilo                                     Kerr lens mode locked lasers as dynamical systems

Deb Kane                                                Semiconductor Laser Systems for Optical Frequency Comb and Chaos Generation
Macquarie University
Sydney, Australia

Marc Lefranc                                         Instabilities and chaos in an optical parametric oscillator
Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille
Villeneuve d'Ascq, France

Daan Lenstra                                            Dynamics and Noise in Semiconductor Lasers: a complex marriage
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Arturo Lezama                                         Noise atomic spectroscopy
Instituto de Fisica, Facultad de Ingenieria
Montevideo, Uruguay

J.M. Liu                                                    Optical Patterns and Cavity Solitons
University of California at Los Angeles

L. Lugiato                                                Cavity Solitons and all that
Università degli Studi dell’Insubria

J. V. Moloney                                        
TW Femtosecond Optically Turbulent Atmospheric Light Strings
The University of Arizona

Mario A. Natiello                                
Laser with Injected Signal: An overview
Lund University

Ulrich Parlitz                                        
Chaos and synchronization in laser systems
Drittes Physikalisches Institut
Universitat Gottingen, Germany

Antonio Politi                                         Recoil induced laser action
Istituto Nazionale di Ottica
Firenze, Italy

J. R. Rios Leite                                    
Chaotic Diode Lasers with Low Frequency Fluctuations: Statistics of Pulses and Synchronism
Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

K.A. Shore                                            
Synchronization of chaotic external cavity laser diodes for secure optical communication networks
University of Wales, Bangor
Wales, U.K.

Jorge R. Tredicce                                 Multimode semiconductor lasers
Institut Non-Linéaire de Nice

Ramon Vilaseca                                    
Cavity solitons in class-C lasers
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya


Registration Deadline: October 31, 2003

Registration fee - Regular participants: U$S 100
Registration fee - Students: U$S 20

These fees account for access to scientific sessions, conference dinner and book of abstracts.
The registration fee should be paid cash at the Registration Desk.