Welcome !

This is the website of the Laboratory of Nonlinear Photonics and Theoretical Physics at the Department of Physics of the University Sapienza and the Institute for Complex Systems of the National Research Council. Our program is applying paradigms from the science of complex systems to light propagation, and investigating the development of complexity and self-organization in nonlinear waves. We want to test and deepen ideas of fundamental physics by using optics and photonics, and developing experiments, high performance computing approaches, and theory.

Please visit our research pages or our Blog.







The John Templeton Foundation !

Great news ! 

The John Templeton Foundation is funding us!

Out project "Generalized Uncertainty Principle and the Photon" has been funded for searching the links between quantum gravity and photonics.


Last Updated (Sunday, 30 August 2015 10:02)


The New Theory for Rogue Waves featured in SPIE Newsroom !


14 August 2015, SPIE Newsroom. DOI: 10.1117/2.1201507.006035


Last Updated (Wednesday, 19 August 2015 14:26)


Irreversibility of Shock Waves Explained by Nonlinear Gamow Vectors

Editors of Physical Review A have retained among their suggestions a paper published by Silvia Gentilini, Maria Chiara Braidotti, Giulia Marcucci, Eugenio Del Re and Claudio Conti about a novel theoretical approach for the description of shock waves in nonlinear nonlocal media.

The novel theory is based on ideas retained from Irreversible Quantum Mechanics, a novel formulation of quantum mechanics based on the so-called Rigged Hilbert Space that include explonential decaying wavefuctions.

The theory describes the shock and wave-breaking scenario beyond the limits of the usual hydrodynamic approach, and allows to derive closed forms for the degree of irreversibility. This approach also introduces the "nonlinear Gamow Vectors," a novel kind of nonlinear waves with many possible applications in nonlinear physics.


Last Updated (Wednesday, 05 August 2015 08:28)


Three-dimensional rogue waves by random media go through obstacles

Formerly considered a myth, the sudden formation of giant waves in a sea of low amplitude wavelets is nowadays an important subject of interdisciplinary research. These “rogue waves” (RW) are studied in different contexts, and their understanding is a challenge characterized by an intense discussion and a number of potential applications. 

It is commonly accepted that the physics underlying the generation of giant oceanic RW is different from that of usual waves and that the triggering mechanism of RWs is not unique: linear effects (such as the focusing of independent wave trains) as well as the nonlinear amplification of noise may produce RWs.

In a paper published in Applied Physics Letters, Marco Leonetti and Claudio Conti use a spatial light modulator (SLM) to explore the possible speckle configurations generated by a random medium  to generate and control a three-dimensional rogue wave.

They demonstrate that the SLM allows to select among all the possible realizations, the RW located at a user defined position in the shadow of the nearly totally reflecting obstacle. Moreover, by tuning the properties of the speckle pattern, the localization along the propagation axis can be controlled.

The picture below show the three-dimensional reconstruction of the observed rogue-wave.


Last Updated (Sunday, 19 July 2015 10:13)