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STSM Coordinator - Trevor Benson


Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSM) – Should you intend to perform one, please follow the guidelines in COST Vademecum, Section 3 at  . Please follow the steps:

  1. Agree with your COST partner in another country on the topic and period,
  2. Ensure a Working Group Leader supports your application (your STSM should be relevant to WG goals!),
  3. Submit your application online at ,
  4. Send a copy to Trevor Benson, STSM Coordinator.


COST MP0702 Short-Term Scientific Mission:



guest name



further cooperation (joint papers, projects, etc.)

20.04 – 27.04.2008



Ignac Bugar, SK

Ryszard Buczynski, Faculty of Physics, Warsaw University


Nonlinear pulse propagation in multicomponent glass pcfs



2.05 – 20.05.2008



Maciej Dems, PL

Vrije Universiteit Brussel,

Department of Applied Physics and Photonics


Optimization of the properties of dichroic PC-VCSELs with vectorial and semi-vectorial methods


The results obtained during the STSM will be presented on the ICTON conference in Athens, Greece, 22-26 June 2008.

Furthermore, a publication on the subject is currently in preparation. In the article we will show in details our numerical results and discuss the applicability of photonic-crystals for polarisation control in VCSELS.

In summary the reported STSM was very useful and resourceful for the work of modelling PC-based VCSELs done in cooperation between Technical University of Lodz and Vrije Universiteit Brussel.


7.07 – 31.07.2008



Beata Derkowska  PL

Prof. Angela B. Seddon, Advanced Materials Research Group, Nottingham(GB),

Prof. Ajoy Kar, Nonlinear Optics Group,

School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Physics Department, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh (UK)


Nonlinear Optical Properties of Chalcogenide Glasses using for Photonic Applications


It will be presented our paper entitled “Experimental Studies of Non-Linear Properties of Chalcogenide Glasses” authored by E. Romanova, A. Afanasiev, V. Shiryaev, G. Snopatin, D Furniss, A Seddon, T Benson, B. Derkowska, S. Guizard, and N. Fedorov on 11th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks ICTON 2009, Island of São Miguel, Azores, Portugal.

We also singed agreement (Socrates/Erasmus Programme) between our University (University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK and Nicholas Copernicus University, Torun, Poland).

We are also finished writing a paper, which we want to send to Journal of Optical Society of America B.


15.09 – 12.10.2008



Anna Migalska-Zalas, PL

Bouchta Sahraoui Laboratory POMA, University of Angers, FRE


Functionalized organometallic compounds with

azobenzene molecules for NLO applications.


B. Sahraoui, J. Luc, A. Meghea, R. Czaplicki, J-L. Fillaut and A. Migalska-Zalas, "Nonlinear optics and surface relief gratings in alkynyl-ruthenium complexes" J. Opt. A: Pure Appl. Opt. 11 024005 , 26pp, (2009)


19.09 – 22.09 2008



Rafal Kotynski, PL

Prof. Krassimir Panajotov, Vrije Univ. Brussel


Supercoupling of fundamental PCF modes through silver slabs


We intend to:

1. Finalise the preparation of a publication.

2. Continue the work along the initial workplan - which assumed the period of 12 days – in the framework of the present COST action.


20.02 – 8.03 2009



Massimo Alonzo, IT

Delphine WOLFERSBERGER Supelec


Solitonic Coherent Collisions in Photorefractive Iron Doped Indium Phosphide


The reported work is only a  first stage and future collaborations have been planned in order to complete the characterization of the interaction processes and moreover to develop a working model for photorefractivity.

The obtained results are quite promising as we chose a condition for which the efect are expected to be minimized, because of the minimization of the photorefractive gain.

We think that it is possible to strongly improve the repulsion e_ect so to get a Real all-optical routing device.


15.02 –21.02.2009



Giorgio Tosi Beleffi, IT & Paulo André, PT

Prof. Hovik Baghdasaryan, Fiber Optics Communication (FOC) Laboratory at the State Engineering University of Armenia


Theoretical & experimental knowledge exchange in the photonic devices area


Future collaboration with host institution: The possibility of having a visit from the host visiting one or both of the two visiting institutions was discussed in order to increase the know-how exchange and the scientific results validation by means of simulation activity.

Projected publications/articles resulting or to result from the STSM: A preliminary report activity will be prepared during the MC/WG meeting at ICTON 2009. One or two articles on the subject are predicted in the next months, especially on the simulation validation of the organic/inorganic device structure for low cost TLC applications.  

28.01 – 16.02.2009



Davide Massimiliano Forin, IT

Dr. Miroslav Karasek, Institute of Photonics and Electronics, Academy of Sciences, Prague

HNLF and PCF application for fast all optical signal elaboration

We intend to continuing the study the system, we are especially interested in using high er pumps level, especially the L band pump, to see the effect of a higher and flatter gain.

Moreover we will try to use some PCF to see the possible reduction of the non linear spam of fiber.

Another use of this technique can be the time domain demultiplexing archievable modulating one or both the pumps in order to select in the replica only one of the tributary channel.

20.04 – 09.05.2009



Gediminas Seniutinas, LT

Prof. Bouchta Sahraoui, Département de Physique; Laboratoire des Propriétés Optiques des Matériaux et Applications, France.

Investigation of third harmonic generation surface relief grating formation in dendrimer type structures


The experience and scientific results obtained during this STSM provides a good platform for new emerging collaboration between two research labs in Angers and Vilnius.


04.05. – 17.05. 2009



Irena Matulkova, CZ

Prof. Bouchta Sahraoui, University of Angers, Angers, France


Nonlinear optical properties of crystals based on salts of organic N-containing bases and inorganic or organic acids


11.05 – 30.05.2009



Alessio Tierno, UK

Dr. Robert Kuszelewicz, Marcoussis, France


Nonlinear refractive index of quantum dot samples


This measurement taken and analyzed successfully has opened a new channel for future collaboration between the University of Strathclyde and CNRS.

We are planning to extent the collaboration with a visit in autumn with a probable

financial support applied at CNRS. It is expected that the results obtained then with the improvements mentioned will lead to results publishable in a refereed journal.

The Strathclyde side is planning to set up a complementary experiment on their 1300 nm QD samples, probably using first interference with an external reference beam. Sensitivity and other pros and cons of these two interferometric approaches will be compared.

A proposal for a 2-year international collaboration grant will be submitted to the Rogal Society / CNRS in June.

24.05 – 31.05.2009



Malgorzata Suchanska, PL

Bouchta Sahraoui, University of Angers; Laboratory

Characterization of optical properties of nanostructural carbonaceous films with palladium nanoparticles


The experience and scientific results obtained during this STSM provides a good platform for new emerging collaboration between three research laboratories in Angers,

Warsaw and Kielce.

24.05 – 31.05.2009



Elzbieta Czerwosz, PL

Bouchta Sahraoui, University of Angers; Laboratory


Characterization of optical properties of nanostructural carbonaceous films with palladium nanoparticles


The experience and scientific results obtained during this STSM provides a good platform for new emerging collaboration between three research laboratories in Angers,

Warsaw and Kielce. 

3.04 – 18.04.2009


Jacob Scheuer, IL

Prof. Yuri Kivshar

Light propagation in nonlinear slow-light polymeric photonic structures

The outcome of the STSM was the identification on a new and fruitful research direction which will be pursued by both groups. During the STSM a preliminary analysis of the nonlinear coupled microrings structure was carried out and a self-consistent procedure was developed to tune the structure in order to achieve a resonant condition ("dark-state") for any given wavelength. In addition, a nonlinear time-domain formalism was developed in order to examine the stability properties of the self-consistent solution.

The next step is to implement the time-domain formalism numerically and study the dynamics of the nonlinear system. In particullar, the formalism will be used to study the stability properties of the solution, its sensitivity to perturbation and additional dynamical properties such as stabilization time constants, switching time, etc.

6.04 -  17.04.2009


Crina Cojocaru, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Dept. de Física, Terrassa, Spain

Prof. Wieslaw Krolikowski, Centre for Ultrahigh Bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS), Laser Physics Centre, Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia

Second harmonic generation in materials with nonlinear random distribution

The results achieved in the framework of my collaboration with the group of Wieslaw Krolikowski and Yuri Kivshar, one of the leading laboratories in the field of the nonlinear optics, were very satisfactory and very interesting. I think that in this short tine we have considerably advanced both in our experimental and theoretical investigation. We will continue to collaborate in the future on several topics related to the nonlinear interactions in random materials.

My visit to CUDOS ANU, thanks to the STSM in the framework of COST MP0702 was very fruitful and I consider it crucial for our future collaboration

Papers: “Spatial distribution of the second harmonic generated signal in crystals with disordered nonlinear domain structures”

V. Roppo, S.M. Saltiel, C. Cojocaru, J. Trull, R. Vilaseca, D.N. Neshev, W. Krolikowski, Y.S. Kivshar - article in preparation to submit to Optics Express

“Femtosecond Pulse Duration Measurements By Transverse Second Harmonic Generation In Random Nonlinear Media” R. Vilaseca, V. Roppo, J. Trull, C. Cojocaru, K. Staliunas, D. Dumay, W. Krolikowski, S. M. Saltiel, D. N. Neshev, Yu. S. Kivshar

Invited communication to the “Nonlinear Optics” OSA conference to be held in Hawaii, July 13-15, 2009.

“Second harmonic generation in disordered media: fundamentals and applications”, V. Roppo, W. Wang, K. Kalinowski, S. Saltiel, J. Trull, C. Cojocaru, D.N. Neshev, W. Krolikowski, R. Vilaseca, K. Staliunas, Y.S. Kivshar, Invited talk at the 18th International Laser Physics Workshop, Barcelona, July 13-17, 2009. 

25.05 -  30.05.2009



Ignac Bugar, SK

Andrius Baltuska, Institut für Photonik, TU Wien, Wien(AT) 

Tailoring of ultrafast pulses in fiber lasers by photonic crystal fibers 


10.06 -  27.06.2009 


Ali Reshak, CZ

Stelios Couris, Univ. Patras 

NLO properties of biological materials 


14.06 – 20.06.2009



Mauro Pereira, UK

Marian Marciniak, National Institute of Telecommuni -cations Warsaw

THz QCLs and Waveguides for Telecommunications 


01.07 -  08.08.2009



Andrzej Stefanski, PL

Prof. Javier Garcia de Abajo, Instituto de Optica - CSIC, Madrid (ES) CSIC, Madrid 

Modelling electromagnetic properties of materials 


6.07 – 11.07.09



Paulo Andre, PT

Dr Marios Nestoros Photonics & Optoelectronics Research Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Cyprus, 

Short Term Scientific Mission to Cyprus for thermal measurements



20.07 -20.10.2009



Mr Quang Khai Le, Ghent University, BE 

Trevor Benson, Nottingham University 

Efficient modelling of optical propagation in nonlinear materials


5.10 – 16.10.2009


Gabriele Incerti  University of Tor Vergata – ISCOM Ministry of Economic Development, Rome,

Marian Marciniak, National Institute of Telecommuni -cations Warsaw

Experiments and characterization on Pcf



16.10 – 03.10.2009



Tomasz Stefaniak University of Warsaw, Poland

Hovik Baghdasaryan, State Engineering University of Armenia, Yerevan(AM),

Numerical modelling of metal-dielectric multi-nanolayers



16.10 – 25.10.2009


Gil Porat, Tel Aviv University

Kaloian Koynov,Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research,Mainz(DE)

High power characterization of a nonlinear polarization switch


12.07 – 25.07.2010


Dr Jaroslaw Mysliwiec, Wroclaw University of Technology


Bouchta Sahraoui, University of Angers

All optical and electrical switching in liquid crystalline photochromic polymers



26.07 – 04.09.2010  


Pr Johannes Heitz


Nicolas Voelcker, Flinders University of South Australia

Sub-Wavelength Photonic Structures for Applications in Cell Biology



23.08. – 31.08.2010


Dr Jacob Scheuer,Tel-Aviv University,Tel Aviv(IL) ,


Elyahou Kapon, EPFL, Lausanne(CH)


Slow-light propagation in semiconductor arrays and its




01.10. – 31.10.2010


Mr Michael Bergmair, CD Laboratory for Surface Optics, Linz(AT)


Alexander Fuerbach, MQ Photonics Research Centre, Macquarie University, Sydney(AU)

Spectroscopic Ellipsometry on Metallic Gratings and the Energy Density in Absorbing Media



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