Graduate School in Nonlinear Science

Sponsored by the Danish Research Academy

MIDIT                               OFD                           CATS
Modelling, Nonlinear Dynamics       Optics and Fluid Dynamics     Chaos and Turbulence Studies
and Irreversible Thermodynamics     Risø National Laboratory      Niels Bohr Institute 
Technical University of Denmark     Building 128                  Department of Chemistry
Building 321                        P.O. Box 49                   University of Copenhagen 
DK-2800 Lyngby                      DK-4000 Roskilde              DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø
Denmark                             Denmark                       Denmark

Minicourse on
Spatial Nonlinear Optics

27-28 May 1998
Optics and Fluid Dynamics Department
Risø National Laboratory

Nonlinear optics provides a convenient medium for studying a number of universal nonlinear phenomena. Examples include propagation and interaction of solitons, optical vortex dynamics, pattern formation, modulational instabilities, and parametric subharmonic instabilities. Spatial nonlinear optics is an active research topic both for basic scientists, and for engineers seeking to solve information technology problems using nonlinear techniques.

This minicourse will present selected topics from current research in nonlinear spatial phenomena in optics. A combination of theoretical lectures and laboratory demonstrations will provide graduate students the opportunity of hands-on experience.


Organized by:

M. Saffman and J. Juul Rasmussen, RISØ, Denmark

For further information on the minicourse contact Mark Saffman email: or Jens Juul Rasmussen email:

For further information on the graduate school see:

Course Schedule

Location: Meeting room in the library, Building 115, RISØ

Wednesday, May 27

Thursday, May 28


The last 15 min. of each 1 hour lecture is reserved for questions and discussion