Germano Montemezzani


Professor
University of Lorraine, Metz (France)



Mailing Address:

Laboratoire Matériaux Optiques, Photoniques et Systèmes (LMOPS)
University of Lorraine and CentraleSupélec
2, rue E. Belin
F-57070 METZ (France)

Tel   +33 3 87 37 85 76
Fax  +33 3 87 37 85 59

germano.montemezzani (at) univ-lorraine.fr

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Profile

Dr. Germano Montemezzani was born in Locarno, Switzerland, in 1963. He received his master degree (Dipl. Phys. ETH) in 1987 and the Ph.D. in physics in 1993 from the Swiss federal Institute of Technology (ETH)  in Zurich (Switzerland) with a thesis on the recording and fixing of photorefractive gratings produced by visible and ultraviolet light.
He then held a post doctoral position in the group of Prof. Dana Z. Anderson at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA) of the University of Colorado at Boulder working on self-organized optical processing systems.
He returned to the Nonlinear Optics Laboratory at ETH in 1995 taking the role of team leader for the Photorefractive Optics team. He received the "Venia Legendi" (teaching habilitation) from ETH in 2002 for a thesis on "Optical wave manipulation and signal processing in anisotropic photorefractive materials". 
In 2004 he became an associate professor at the Paul Verlaine University in Metz (France) and since 2008 he is a full professor, presently within the University of Lorraine created from a merging of local universities in 2012. Dr. Montemezzani is a member of the Laboratoire Matériaux Optiques, Photoniques et Systèmes (LMOPS), a joint research laboratory between the University of Lorraine and the Engineering School ("Grande Ecole") Supélec.  Since 2005 he is the local responsible and coordinator for the Physics Masters program, which is presently jointly runned by the University of Lorraine and Supélec Metz.  Dr.  Montemezzani has also been co-chairing or co-organizing different scientific meetings, including the international workshop "Lithium Niobate: from Material to device, from device to system" (LN Workshop), held in Metz (F) in may 2005, and the "European Conference on Applications of Polar Dielectrics" (ECAPD8), held in Metz in september 2006.
Dr. Montemezzani is a member of the Swiss Physical Society, German Physical Society, French Optical Society and the Optical Society of America (Senior Member). He has authored or co-authored 6 book chapters, about 80 articles in refereed scientific journals as well as several conference proceedings.

 

Fields of Interest

  • Photorefractive effect and its fundamental aspects
  • Ultraviolet and interband photorefractive effects
  • Dynamic light-induced waveguiding, integrated optics
  • Analogies between waveguide optics and quantum dynamics
  • Self-focusing and optical spatial solitons
  • Wave interaction and light diffraction in anisotropic materials
  • Optical signal processing by fast dynamic holography
  • Holography in organic materials and doped liquid crystals
  • THz photonics
  • Nonlinear optical frequency conversion
  • Dynamics of nonlinear optical systems


Projects 

          Current projects include: 

  • the study and realization of dynamic and reconfigurable light induced waveguides and waveguide arrays for of all-optical interconnects and switching.
  • the study of light propagation in specifically designed waveguide structures and its analogy with quantum dynamics in driven multi-state quantum systems.
  • the study of nonlinear systems and processes for optimized frequency conversion and THz photonics.
    Several approaches and material systems are under investigations.
 

Published Book Chapters

  • A. A. Grabar, Yu. M. Vysochanskii, A. Shumelyuk, M. Jazbinsek, G. Montemezzani and P. Günter, "Photorefractive effects in Sn2P2S6", in "Photorefractive materials and their applications. Vol. II: Materials", P. Günter and J. P. Huignard, Springer Series in Optical Sciences, Vol. 114, (Springer, New York, 2007), pp. 327-362.
  • G. Montemezzani and M. Zgonik, "Space-charge driven holograms in anisotropic media", in "Photorefractive materials and their applications. Vol. I: Basics effects", P. Günter and J. P. Huignard, Eds., Springer Series in Optical Sciences, Vol. 113, (Springer, New York, 2006), pp. 83-118.
  • G. Montemezzani, Ph. Dittrich and P. Günter, "Band-to-band photorefraction", in "Photorefractive materials and their applications. Vol. I: Basics effects", P. Günter and J. P. Huignard, Eds., Springer Series in Optical Sciences, Vol. 113, (Springer, New York, 2006), pp. 203-230.
  • M. Duelli, G. Montemezzani, M. Zgonik, and P. Günter, "Photorefractive memories for optical processing", in "Nonlinear optical effects and materials", P. Günter, Ed., Springer Series in Optical Sciences Vol. 72, (Springer, Berlin, 2000), pp. 375 - 436.
  • G. Montemezzani, C. Medrano, M. Zgonik, and P. Günter, "The photorefractive effect in inorganic and organic materials", in "Nonlinear optical effects and materials", P. Günter, Ed., Springer Series in Optical Sciences Vol. 72, (Springer, Berlin, 2000), pp. 301 - 373.
  • G. Montemezzani and P. Günter, "Inorganic and Organic Photorefractive Materials", in "Notions and Perspectives of Nonlinear Optics", Ole Keller Ed., (World Scientific, Singapore, 1996), pp. 370-427.



List of publications




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