Nonlinear Optics at 50: A Celebration at the University of Michigan, October 26, 2011   Bookmark and Share


In 1961, Professor Peter Franken and his coworkers in the Randall Laboratory at the University of Michigan observed for the first time the generation of optical harmonics. This event launched a golden age in optical physics that has led to applications in fields ranging from optical communications and biological imaging to X-ray generation and homeland security.

As the birthplace of nonlinear optics, the University of Michigan is proud to host a one-day symposium on October 26th which will bring together some of the pioneers in the field and showcase the current state of the art in nonlinear optics.

Among the confirmed speakers are the physics Nobel Prize winners Ted Haensch and Nicolaas Bloembergen, honored for their work in nonlinear optics. Please register promptly at the symposium website to ensure seating.

Symposium attendance is free for all.

Additional Details

Symposium Summary and Link to Videos and Photos

Symposium website - Registration

Organizers: Prof. Herbert Winful (, Prof. Roberto Merlin (

Administrative Contact: Beth Demkowski, Symposium Coordinator; (734) 615-5811

Sponsors: U-M | CoE | EECS/ECE | Physics | OVPR | LSA | MCTP | AFOSR