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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 2022

Research Output 1998 2020

Effects of self- and cross-phase modulation on the spontaneous symmetry breaking of light in ring resonators

Hill, L., Oppo, G-L., Woodley, M. T. M. & Del'Haye, P., 21 Jan 2020, In : Physical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics. 101, 1, 9 p., 013823.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
phase modulation
broken symmetry
influence coefficient
1 Downloads (Pure)

Control of spatially rotating structures in diffractive Kerr cavities

Yao, A. M., Gibson, C. J. & Oppo, G-L., 28 Oct 2019, In : Optics Express. 27, 22, p. 31273-31289 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
angular velocity
angular momentum


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