Benjamin J. Eggleton -  Editor-in-Chief

Benjamin J. Eggleton -  Editor-in-Chief

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)
Institute of Photonics and Optical Science (IPOS)
School of Physics, University of Sydney
Sydney, Australia

Professor Benjamin Eggleton is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Sydney. He also currently serves as co-Director of the NSW Smart Sensing Network (NSSN). He was Director of the University of Sydney Nano Institute (Sydney Nano) from 2018-2022. He was the founding Director of the Institute of Photonics and Optical Science (IPOS) at the University of Sydney (from 2009-2018) and was founding Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS) (from 2003-2017). He was previously an ARC Laureate Fellow and an ARC Federation Fellow twice. Eggleton obtained his Ph.D. degree in Physics from the University of Sydney in 1996. He then joined Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies as a Postdoctoral Member of Staff in the Optical Physics Department and was promoted to Technical Manager of the Fiber Gratings Group in 2000. He was then promoted to Research Director within the Specialty Fiber Business Division of Bell Laboratories, where he was engaged in forward-looking research supporting Lucent Technologies (then OFS) business in optical fiber devices.

Research Interests: An international leader in nanophotonics and nonlinear optical physics, Benjamin’s pioneering contributions to nanophotonics include breakthroughs in the nonlinear optics of periodic media, ultrafast planar waveguide nonlinear optics, photonic crystal fibers, optofluidics, and fiber grating-based signal conditioning. His work links fundamental research to applied science and spans physics and engineering. Benjamin’s research into new classes of nonlinear nanophotonic waveguides fabricated in chalcogenide has created a new paradigm for ultrafast all-optical signal processing. His discoveries of Bragg solitons and demonstration of slow light-enhanced nonlinear optics in photonic crystals are seminal results in nonlinear optics. His research into optical fibers tuned using fluids has established a new field of interdisciplinary research - optofluidics, now pursued by numerous leading research groups around the world.

Professional Activities and Awards: Eggleton is the author or coauthor of more than 500 journal publications, which have been cited 25,000 times according to Web of Science with an h-number of 82 (113 in google scholar). Eggleton is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (AAS), the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), the Optical Society of America, IEEE Photonics and SPIE. He was President of the Australian Optical Society, has served as Editor-in-Chief for Optics Communications (2007-2015), and served on the Board of Governors for the IEEE Photonics Society. Eggleton's awards include the Adolph Lomb Medal from the Optical Society, the ICO Prize from the International Commission on Optics and the Australian Prime Ministers Malcolm Mackintosh Award for Physical Scientist of the Year.

Shaghik Atakaramians– Associate Editor

Shaghik Atakaramians – Associate Editor

The University of New South Wales 
Sydney, Australia

Shaghik Atakaramians is a Scientia Senior Lecturer and Leader of THz Photonics Group at the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications at UNSW Sydney. She was awarded a PhD in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from University of Adelaide with the University Doctoral Research Medal for outstanding research in 2011. Shaghik worked at the Institute of Photonics and Optical Science (IPOS) [2011-2017] and The Centre for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS) [2012-2014] at the University of Sydney first as a postdoctoral fellow and then as research fellow.

Research Interests: Shaghik’s current research focuses on developing integrated metadevices for THz wireless communication. Her main topics of interest includeterahertz (THz) radiation and its application, including waveguides/fibres, waveguide-based devices in particular topologically protected, and hybrid photonic crystal waveguide-base devices, and metasurfaces for next generation of wireless communication. 

Professional Activities and Awards: Shaghik has co-authored more than 80 scientific publications in highly ranked journals and prestigious international conferences. She served as organizing committee of CLEO PR (2020), QPCC (2016), and IPOS Symposium (2012), and as technical program committee of CLEO PR (2000) and ACOFT (2018). She served as Secretary and Vice-Chair of IEEE-WIE South Australia branch (2009-2010). Shaghik has received a number of prizes and awards including Eng Future Women Leaders Conference Award (2019), UNSW Women in Engineering Visitor Funding Scheme (2019), UNSW Scientia Fellowship (2018) and Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) from the Australian Research Council (2014).

Ling Fu

Ling Fu - Associate Editor

Hainan University
Haikou, China

Ling Fu is a professor in School of Physics and Optical Engineering at Hainan University in China. She received her BE degree (1999) in Optoelectronic Instrumentation and Technology, and the ME degree (2002) in Physical Electronics from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China. She gained her PhD (2007) at Swinburne University of Technology in Australia with a thesis classified as being of the highest order. She joined Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics (from 2007-2022). She was the executive dean of School of Engineering Sciences (from 2013-2021). She is currently deputy director of Ministry of Education Key Laboratory for Biomedical Photonics (from 2017), general secretary of the National Higher Education Steering Committee for Biomedical Engineering, Ministry of Education of China (from 2018).

Research Interests: Prof. Fu's major contributions to biomedical optics include methods for endoscopic microscopy, imaging of behaving animals, and clinical applications. Her research on pulse delivery, cantilever scanners, miniaturized objective, and tissue imaging enabled fiber-optic confocal/nonlinear endomicroscopy for imaging living subjects or internal organs. Her multidisciplinary work translates optoelectronic research into biomedical applications. Microscopic methods and highly sensitive, integrated, multi-channel fiber photometry have been successfully applied by biologists to memory circuit studies and neuron encoding. Optical biopsy techniques and instruments have been adopted by more than 40 hospitals for high-resolution diagnosis at single cell resolution.

Professional Activities and Awards: Prof. Fu has published many high-quality papers, including more than 50 in international journals as first or corresponding author. She has delivered more than 40 invited talks worldwide. She holds more than 30 granted patents. She was awarded New Century Excellent Talents of Ministry of Education of China (2008), Innovation Talents for Wuhan Optics Valley (2013), National Science Fund for Excellent Young Scholars (2015), Technology Talents of Ezhou City (2017). She was elected to Fellow of OPTICA (Formerly OSA) in 2019, Fellow of SPIE in 2021. She has contributed to a number of international conferences and journals. In particular, she served as a co-chair of Neural Imaging and Sensing Conference in Photonics West (from 2019), a program chair of the OSA 100th annual meeting (2016). Since 2008, she made a special effort to launch and run “Journal of Innovative Optical Health Sciences", which is the only peer-reviewed biophotonics journal in the Asia Pacific Rim. She has served six international journals as assistant managing editor, senior editor, associate editor, etc. She worked tirelessly to encourage more women to join the science, technology and engineering community. Her picture was profiled in SPIE Women in Optics (2014), Women in the Optics and Photonics Workplace Booklet (2016), Faces of OPTICA (2021).

Xuhan Guo

Xuhan Guo - Associate Editor

Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Shanghai, China

Xuhan Guo received his BSc (2009) in Optoelectronic Information Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, and Ph.D. (2014) in Electrical Engineering from University of Cambridge, UK. He conducted his research in University of Cambridge as the research associate from 2013 to 2017. He joined the faculty of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China and the lab for optical transmission and integrated photonics (OTIP) in 2017. Currently he is the associate professor and member of the State Key Laboratory of Advanced Optical Communication Systems and Networks.

Research Interests: Xuhan’s research focuses on metamaterials, neuromorphic computing in photonics and integrated photonics including silicon photonics.

Professional Activities and Awards Xuhan has (co-)authored approximately 50 peer-reviewed papers. He is the secretary of the IEEE Photonics Society Shanghai chapter. He has served as an associate editor of IET Optoelectronics (2018-2021), a guest editor of Journal of Semiconductors (2019). He was a workshop& industry forum co-chair of ACP 2021. He also served as a TPC member of a number of international conferences including ECOC (2018-), CLEO-PR (2018-2022) and GFP (2019).

Baohua Jia – Associate Editor

Baohua Jia - Associate Editor

Professor and Research Leader
Centre for Micro-Photonics
Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia

Baohua Jia is a full Professor and Research Leader at Swinburne University of Technology. She received her BSc (2000) and MSc (2003) degrees from Nankai University, China. She was awarded a PhD (2007) from Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. She is now the Honorary Treasurer of Australian Optical Society (AOS), the Program Leader of Future Manufacturing Institution and the Head of Laser and Nanomaterial Interaction (LNI) Group.

Research Interests: Prof. Jia’s research focuses on designing and fabricating functional nanostructures and nanomaterials to effectively harness and store clean energy from sunlight, separate molecule and purify water and air for clean environment and ultrafast laser imaging, spectroscopy and nanofabrication towards fast-speed all-optical communications.

Professional Activities and Awards In the past 10 years, Prof. Jia has secured more than $12m research grants as a key Chief Investigator (CI) for both fundamental research and industrial engagement. She has developed 11 patents and patent applications, which has seen an $8m investment from industry so far.

She has co-authored more than 200 scientific publications in highly ranked journals and prestigious international conferences. She has delivered more than 40 keynote and invited talks at prestigious international conferences and serves multiples professional committees.

She has received a number of prizes and awards including the Impact Award (2017), Vice Chancellor Industrial Engagement Award (2016, 2011), Young Tall Poppy Science Award (2013), L’Oréal Australia and New Zealand for Women in Science Fellowship (2012), Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) from the Australian Research Council (2012), Victoria Fellowship from the Victorian Government (2010), French Fellowship from the Australian French Association for Science and Technology (2010), Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship (APD) from the Australian Research Council (2009), Vice-Chancellor’s Research Award (Early Career) for research excellence from Swinburne (2009) and the Biotechnology Entrepreneur Young Achievement Australia Award (2005).

Christelle Monat - Associate Editor

Christelle Monat - Associate Editor

Materials and Surface Sciences and Institute of Nanotechnology
École Centrale Lyon
Ecully, France

After obtaining her Ph.D. on integrated microlasers from Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France in 2003, Christelle worked for two years at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland on single photon sources. She joined the Centre for Ultra-high Bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS) at the University of Sydney in 2005, where she served as the project leader of the Slow light program between 2007 and 2010. In 2010, she was appointed Associate Professor at Ecole Centrale de Lyon, where she carries out her research on integrated nonlinear optics within the Institut des Nanotechnologies de Lyon (INL), France.

Research Interests: Christelle’s current research focuses on the use of hybrid integrated material platforms and devices for all-optical information processing. Her main areas of interest include slow light in photonic crystals, graphene, integrated microlasers, silicon photonics, nonlinear optics on a chip, heterogeneous material integration, and nanostructures.

Professional Activities and Awards Christelle received the Fresnel Prize from the European Physical Society in 2011, and the Fabry de Gramont Prize from the French Optical Society in 2015. She is a Junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France and an Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Sydney since 2012. She has been awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship in 2012 and a European ERC consolidator grant in 2015. She is co-chair of the “Photonic crystal materials and devices†symposium at the SPIE Photonics Europe Conference and she serves as a scientific expert for the Observatory of Micro and Nanotechnologies (OMNT) in France, for the "Materials and Devices for Optics" topic.

Clara Saraceno

Clara Saraceno – Associate Editor

Ruhr University Bochum
Bochum, Germany

Clara Saraceno is a full professor at the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany. She was born in 1983 in Argentina.  In 2007 she completed a Diploma in Engineering and an MSc at the Institut d’Optique Graduate School, Paris. She completed a PhD in Physics at ETH Zürich in 2012 where she carried out research on high-power ultrafast disk lasers. From 2013-2014, she worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Neuchatel and ETH Zürich, Switzerland followed by a postdoc position from 2015 – 2016 at ETH Zürich, where she worked on high-flux XUV generation via high harmonics generation. In 2016, she received a Sofja Kovalevskaja Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and became Associate Professor of Photonics and Ultrafast Science in the Electrical Engineering Faculty at the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, followed by a full professorship.

Research Interests: Clara’s research interests are in the development of high-power ultrafast laser systems and their application in driving secondary sources via nonlinear optics. One of her current main research areas is THz technology and spectroscopy, where her group aims to achieve high power level broadband THz radiation.

Professional Activities and Awards: Clara has co-authored more than 45 journal publications in highly ranked journals and given numerous invited talks at international conferences. She served in numerous committees for international conferences: she was a committee member of CLEO US (2017 -2020) and followed as Program Chair for CLEO Science and Innovation Track in 2021. She was committee member for the Advanced Solid State Laser Conference (2018-2020) and Program Chair of the same conference in 2021. She currently is general chair for CLEO US 2023, ASSL 2022 and is the general chair for the upcoming Ultrafast Optics Conference. She was previously an associate editor for Optics Express in 2019 – 2021.

Clara has received a number of prizes and awards including the ETH Medal for Outstanding PhD thesis (2013), the European Physical Society QEOD division PhD prize in applied aspects (2013), the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award of the Alexander von Humboldt (2016) and an ERC Starting Grant (2018). She was selected Ambassador of the Optical Society (currently Optica) in 2019, and Optica Fellow in the 2022 class.

Alexander Szameit - Associate Editor

Alexander Szameit - Associate Editor

University of Rostock
Institute of Physics
Rostock, Germany

After studying at the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle/Wittenberg and the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Alex completed his doctorate in 2007 at the latter. Alex carried out his post-doctoral research at the Technion in Haifa, Israel in the group of Mordechai Segev before accepting a position at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität as Assistant Professor in 2011. In 2016 he was appointed full professor at the University of Rostock and holds the chair of Experimental Solid-State Optics.

Research Interests: Alex’s research covers optics in periodic media, light dynamics in photonic waveguide arrays, optical solitons, non-hermitian photonics, integrated quantum optics, and topological photonics.

Professional Activities and Awards: Alex has published more than 150 reviewed papers and has given numerous invited talks. He has received several prestigious research awards, such as the dissertation price of the German Physical Society 2008, the award of the German Society for Laser Technology 2011, the OSA Adolph Lomb Medal 2014 and the Rudolph Kaiser Award 2015.

Paul Westbrook -  Associate Editor

Paul Westbrook - Associate Editor

OFS Laboratories
Berkeley Heights, NJ, USA

After completing a Ph.D. in Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1998, Paul joined the Optical Fiber Research Department at Lucent Technologies, Bell Laboratories. He is currently a technical manager at OFS Labs, which was formed after the sale of the Lucent optical fiber business to Furukawa in 2001. He has worked on several topics in optical physics, including photoresponse of superconductors, nonlinear effects in periodic structures, optical fiber gratings, fiber sensors, polarization measurement, and photonic crystal fibers.

Research Interests: Paul’s research interests include fiber devices, polarization optics, fiber sensing, fiber lasers, nonlinear optics, fiber gratings, and optical fiber telecommunications.

Professional Activities and Awards: Paul has coauthored more than 50 journal articles and conference papers, and his work has resulted in more than 40 U.S. and international patents. He has served on various conference committees, including IPC, OFC, CLEO, CLEO Europe, BGPP, and OECC and was previously an associate editor for IEEE Photonics Technology Letters.