Amphis Pour Tous - Non-linear optics: light becomes magic

June 6, 2024 6:30 PM - june 6 2024 20:00

The conference "Non-linear optics: light becomes magic "presented by Jean-Louis-COUTAZ, professor emeritus at theInstitut de Microélectronique Électromagnétisme et Photonique - Laboratoire d'Hyperfréquences et de Caractérisation (IMEP-LAHC), UFR Sciences et Montagne, will take place Thursday June 6, 2024 at 6:30pm at the Turbine Sciences in Annecy (entrance via Cinéma la Turbine).

It will also be held :

  • Tuesday, December 12, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. in Archamps
  • Tuesday, June 11, 2024 at 6 p.m. in Chambéry


The field of non-linear optics covers all phenomena that occur when matter is illuminated with a very powerful beam of light. For example, light changes color as it passes through a perfectly transparent crystal.

Without lapsing into mathematical formalism, many formidable applications will be presented: the shortest controlled events (attosecond pulses) that humans are capable of producing, very high-speed fiber optic telecoms, medical imaging, ultimate microscopy, thermonuclear fusion, the creation of matter from light... but also, more prosaically, certain laser pointers that everyone can use every day.