Piriapolis, Uruguay, 8-11 December, 2009

Final Program (pdf 639 KB)


High resolution photo (1.3 Mb)


Scientific Organizers


Cristina Masoller                                        Igal Brener                 

Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya            Sandia National Laboratories

Spain                                                          USA


Announcement (pdf 645 KB)


The aim of the Workshop is to keep the scientific community working on nonlinear phenomena in lasers, optics and photonics in general updated with the most recent developments and tendencies in the field. We hope that the Workshop will provide the opportunity to interchange ideas in a relaxed environment, contributing in this form to the development of new scientific collaborations. Emphasis will be put in the participation of Latin-American scientists.

The topics covered by the Workshop include (but not limited to):

- Dynamics of lasers and optical amplifiers, noise and instabilities

- Vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers, quantum-dot lasers, quantum cascade lasers

- Light-polarization dynamics

- Transverse spatial patterns, solitons and localized structures

- Photonic crystals

- Novel nonlinear optical materials and phenomena

- Metamaterials and plasmonics

- Nonlinearities in nanophotonics


Invited Speakers



Uwe Bandelow

Weierstrass Inst. Applied Analysis & Stochastics

Berlin, Germany



Nonlinear and nonlocal models for ultrashort optical pulses


Stefano Beri

Department of Applied Physics and Photonics, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium



The stochastic and nonlinear dynamics of semiconductor ring lasers


Martine Chevrollier

Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, João Pessoa, Brazil



Levy flights of photons scattered in resonant atomic vapors


Diego Dalvit

Theoretical Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico, USA



Towards Casimir force repulsion using metamaterials


Cornelia Denz

Institut für Angewandte Physik

Muenster, German



Nonlinear wave propagation in optically-induced complex photonic lattices


Cid B. de Araujo

Departamento de Fisica,

Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil



Surface-plasmons enhanced nonlinear spectroscopy of random media


Ricardo A. Depine

Departamento de Física, FCEN, UBA, Argentina



Surface polaritons at the boundary of a corrugated metamaterial


Alfredo Dubra

Center of Visual Science

Rochester University, New York, USA



Latest advances in retinal imaging


Jason Gallas

Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil



On the coexistence of pulsating states and steady states in injection-locked semiconductor lasers


Athanasios Gavrielides

Nonlinear Optics Center,

Air Force Research Laboratory, USA



Delay Dynamics of two diode lasers coupled by orthogonal modes: metastable square waves


Jean-Jacques Greffet

Laboratoire EM2C, UPR 288 du CNRS, Ecole Centrale Paris, France



Contribution of surface phonon polaritons to radiative heat transfer at the nanoscale


Fritz Henneberger

Photonics Group, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany



Random semiconductor lasers: cavity versus stochastic feedback


Alejandro Hnilo

Centro de Investigaciones en Láseres y Aplicaciones, Buenos Aires, Argentina



Quantum paradoxes and time series analysis


Miguel Hoyuelos

Departamento de Física, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Argentina



Cavity equations for a positive or negative refraction index material with electric and magnetic non-linearities



Laurent Larger

Optics Laboratory, University of Franche-Comté, Besançon, France



Broadband electro-optic phase chaos: dynamical features, and efficient 10Gb/s chaos communication


Kathy Lüdge

Institut fur Theoretische Physik

Technische Universitat Berlin, Germany



Nonlinear dynamics of semiconductor quantum-dot lasers with delayed optical feedback


Roberto Merlin

Physics Department, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA



Metamaterials, optical magnetism and the Landau-Lifshitz permeability argument


Riccardo Meucci

Istituto Nazionale di Ottica Applicata

Firenze, Italia



Chaotic dynamics in class B-lasers:  Experiments, models and applications


Paulo Nussenzveig

Instituto de Física,

Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil



Three-Color Entanglement


John F. O'Hara

Los Alamos National Laboratory

New Mexico, USA



Terahertz technology progress with dynamic metamaterials


Marcos Oria

Lab. de Fisica Atomica e Lasers

Universidad Federal da Paraiba, Joao Pessoa, Brazil



Frequency dynamics of semiconductor lasers


Rafael Piestun

University of Colorado,

Boulder, CO, USA



Diffraction unlimited 3D imaging - Foundations of a revolution in far-field optical nanoscopy


J. R. Rios Leite

Departamento de Fisica,

Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil



Advances and retards in the synchronism of chaotic lasers with feedback


Jorge R. Tredicce

Institut Non-Linéaire de Nice,

Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis, France



Cavity Soliton Laser


Alejandro Yacomotti

Laboratoire de Photonique et de Nanostructures, LPN-CNRS, Marcoussis, France



Nonlinear and ultrafast 2D Photonic Crystals


Roberta Zambrini

Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems,

Universitat de les Illes Balears, Spain



Nonlocality and off-axis feedback in tranversally multimode optical devices


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Co-sponsoring journals:


The European Physical Journal D


The European Physical Journal - Applied Physics





The Workshop will be held in Piriapolis, at the Argentino Hotel Casino & Resort (, a traditional hotel that has been recently renovated and has thermal marine swimming pools. Piriapolis was the first summer resort established in Uruguay, and is now a peaceful and charming coastal resort, similar to Punta del Este but quieter. It has a wide range of white sand beaches and a wonderful shore with european style. The city is surrounded by pines, eucalyptus and hills; there is also an animal reservation with native flora. Piriapolis is located 100 km east of Montevideo (nearly an hour by car) and 30 km west from Punta del Este, and is a city that offers an unbeatable conjunction of sea, nature, peace and good services. Temperatures during December range from 25 to 30 oC, with mostly sunny days.


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To make your hotel reservation, please contact the hotel directly, indicating your arrival and departure days, accompanying person if any, and mention "Laser and Optics Workshop participant". Contact information: phone: 00598 43 22791;

Special rates for the Workshop participants are (per person per night):

Single room occupancy, full board: U$S 89; half-board: U$S 74

Double room occupancy, full board: U$S 77; half-board: U$S 63


Arrival information:


By Plane: in December several companies fly directly from Buenos Aires (Argentina) and San Pablo (Brasil) to Punta del Este. The International Airport Carlos Curbelo is about 20 kms. from Piriapolis. If you inform in advance the hotel of your arrival plans, the hotel can arrange a transfer. Alternatively, you can take a taxi or remise from Punta del Este airport to the hotel. Alternatively, a number of airlines have international flights to the capital city Montevideo, and Piriapolis can be reached by bus (the bus from Montevideo airport to Piriapolis takes about an hour and a half).


By bus: From Montevideo Carrasco Airport there are frequent buses to Piriapolis (COT and COPSA). The trip takes less than 2 hours.




A new topical issue, in the form of a focus section dedicated to "Laser Dynamics and Nonlinear Photonics", is in preparation in The European Physical Journal D (EPJD), a journal which covers disciplines relevant to Atomic, Molecular, Optical and Plasma Physics. Manuscripts are expect to be full-lengths papers (no page quota imposed) and to satisfy the usual publication criteria of EPJD (be scientifically correct; contain sufficiently material; constitute a significant advance, and be accessible to the general readership of the journal). Full papers should be submitted no later than the end of November 2009 via: or directly to EPJD at

During registration via http, please use the pull-down menu "Special Issue" to indicate that your contribution should be considered as a part of the topical issue called "Laser Dynamics and Nonlinear Photonics".

The style files for EPJD can be found at

General information about this journal is available on


Registration Fees:

The registration fee has to be paid cash at the conference registration desk (prices in US dollars). It includes the welcome cocktail, coffee breaks and the book of abstracts.

Regular participants: U$S 200

Students: U$S 100



Registration deadline: October 9, 2009

Acceptance: October 23, 2009



To register, please send an email with the following information to





Title of Contribution:


Type of Contribution:        Oral                Poster



Previous workshops were held in Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay, in December 2003 and 2005, and in Punta del Este, in December 2007

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