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Colloquium: Exploring the world between classical and quantum optics

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Demetri Christodoulides, University of Central Florida
19 January 2017 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
117 Osmond Laboratory
Contact Name
Mikael Rechtsman
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Analogies between different disciplines provide a powerful tool in understanding nature. As such, quantum-classical optical similarities offer new opportunities in manipulating classical optical fields or quantum states. In recent years, many of the ramifications of these concepts have come to fruition on several fronts in the general area of optics. What made this possible are some new advances in structure fabrication and beam synthesis techniques. In this talk, we will provide an overview of our activities in this field. As an example, we will consider accelerating optical wavepackets in the form Airy beams as a means to bend light for applications in plasmonics, extreme nonlinear optics, and biology. Studying quantum inspired phenomena in artificial optical structures that would have been otherwise impossible to directly observe in their own domain, like super-symmetry, Anderson localization, Bloch oscillations, etc. will be also discussed. Finally, the possibility of quantum state engineering in periodic and random optical lattices will be reviewed in this talk.