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Personal Statement

Gian-Luca Oppo is the 1796 Freeland Chair in Natural Philosophy since 2015. He graduated from the Institute of Optics and the University of Florence, Italy, in 1983. He worked at the Universities of Toronto (1985-1987), Drexel in Philadelphia (1987-1989) and Nice (1989). Oppo joined Strathclyde in 1989 and became professor in 1998. Together with William Firth and Stephen Barnett, Oppo built the Computational Nonlinear and Quantum Optics group that was flagged 5* in the RAE in 2001. He created the Institute of Complex Systems at Strathclyde with Des Higham (Mathematics) in 2007. In 2011 Oppo was awarded the Occhialini Medal and Prize from the Institute of Physics and the Italian Physical Society for outstanding insights into spatio-temporal dynamics of lasers, nonlinear and quantum optical systems, achieved through the development and application of powerful techniques for large-to-small-scale computing. In 2014 Oppo was awarded the Teaching Excellence Award for Most Enthusiastic Teacher at Strathclyde. Oppo's research profile and citations are available on Google Scholar

Academic / Professional qualifications

  • Winner of the Occhialini medal and prize (2011)
  • Winner of the Teaching Excellence Award (2016)
  • Winner of the Teaching Excellence Award (2014)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2012)
  • Fellow of the Optical Society of America (1999)
  • Fellow of the institute of Physics (1997)

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Projects 2005 2021

Theory and Simulation of Polarisation Frequency Combs in Microcavities

Oppo, G.

National Physical Laboratory NPL


Project: Research - StudentshipResearch Studentship

Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP 2016-2017 University of Strathclyde) | Hill, Lewis

Oppo, G., Yao, A. & Hill, L.

EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)


Project: Research Studentship - Internally AllocatedResearch Studentship (Internally Allocated)

Research Output 1998 2019

Dynamical freezing of relaxation to equilibrium

Iubini, S., Chirondojan, L. F., Oppo, G-L., Politi, A. & Politi, P., 1 Mar 2019, In : Physical Review Letters. 122, 8, 6 p., 084102.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

Open Access
statistical mechanics
nonlinear equations
free energy
2 Citations (Scopus)

Laser cavity-soliton microcombs

Bao, H., Cooper, A., Rowley, M., Di Lauro, L., Totero Gongora, J. S., Chu, S. T., Little, B. E., Oppo, G-L., Morandotti, R., Moss, D. J., Wetzel, B., Peccianti, M. & Pasquazi, A., 1 Jun 2019, In : Nature Photonics. 13, 6, p. 384-389 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

Laser resonators
laser cavities
solitary waves


A simple but precise method for quantitative measurement of the quality of the laser focus in a scanning optical microscope

Trägårdh, J. (Creator), Amor, R. (Creator), Travis, C. (Creator), Norris, G. (Creator), Wilson, S. (Creator), MacRae, K. (Creator), Oppo, G. (Creator), McConnell, G. (Creator), University of Strathclyde, 10 Mar 2015



Localisation of Bose-Einstein condensates in optical lattices

Author: Campbell, R., 1 Apr 2015

Supervisor: Oppo, G. (Supervisor) & Robb, G. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Many-body decoherence with cold atoms in optical lattices

Author: Sarkar, S., 1 Apr 2016

Supervisor: Daley, A. (Supervisor) & Oppo, G. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


1796 Freeland Chair of Natural Philosophy

Gian-Luca Oppo (Recipient), 1 Jan 2015

Prize: Appointment

Natural philosophy

Awarded the Occhialini Medal and Prize 2011

Gian-Luca Oppo (Recipient), 26 Sep 2011

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Activities 2007 2019

  • 5 Organiser of major conference
  • 5 Membership of committee
  • 1 Key-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences
  • 1 Hosting an academic visitor

Yueyue Wang

Gian-Luca Oppo (Host)
1 Jan 201931 Dec 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

Nonlinear Photonics Conference

Gian-Luca Oppo (Chair)
1 Jul 20188 Jul 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of major conference