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School description:

The school brings together experts in emerging photonic technologies and fundamental physics to share with young researchers their knowledge and interdisciplinary approaches for understanding and designing complex photonic systems. The areas covered by the school include: complexity of optical communication systems, in particular topics such as the nonlinear Fourier transform and transmission over multimode fibres, complexity in quantum systems emulated in photonics (including optical computing), PT-symmetric systems, complexity of emerging novel materials and components like meta-surfaces and micro-resonators. Importantly, the complexity in bio-medical photonic applications will be also considered as a high priority topic.

The school will focus on comprehensive review talks from major figures in complementary areas of photonics. The invited speakers will deliver one hour lectures over 5 days. We aim to select up to 30 participants from the pool of most vibrant PhD students and postdocs, with a special focus on Marie Curie Fellows as future leaders of European photonics science and industry.  Our school will be linked to the EU COFUND MULTIPLY programme (http://multiply.astonphotonics.uk/) and we will discuss opportunities for all participants within this recently started five-year program. We expect a substantial impact of the proposed summer in terms of cross-fertilization between different topics, and knowledge sharing

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement no. 713694