University of Lorraine, Metz (France)
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
Dr. Germano Montemezzani was
born in Locarno, Switzerland, in 1963.
He received his master degree (Dipl. Phys. ETH) in 1987 and the Ph.D.
physics in 1993 from the Swiss
federal Institute of
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
at the Joint
Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA)
of the University
of Colorado at Boulder
working on self-organized optical processing
He returned to the Nonlinear
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
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
merging of local universities in 2012. Dr. Montemezzani
is a member of the
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
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
held in Metz (F) in may 2005, and the "European
Conference on Applications of Polar Dielectrics" (ECAPD8),
in Metz in september 2006.
Dr. Montemezzani is a member of the Swiss Physical Society
, German Physical
, French Optical Society
and the Optical Society of
(Senior Member). He has authored or co-authored 6 book
chapters, about 80 articles in refereed scientific journals as well as
- 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
- Optical signal processing by fast dynamic holography
- Holography in organic materials and doped liquid
- THz photonics
- Nonlinear optical frequency conversion
- Dynamics of nonlinear optical systems
Current projects include:
- the study and realization of
dynamic and reconfigurable light induced waveguides and waveguide
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.
- A. A. Grabar, Yu. M. Vysochanskii, A. Shumelyuk, M.
Jazbinsek, G. Montemezzani and P. Günter, "Photorefractive effects in Sn2P2S6",
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.
- G. Montemezzani, Ph. Dittrich and P. Günter, "Band-to-band photorefraction",
"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.
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.
effect in inorganic and organic materials", in "Nonlinear optical
and materials", P. Günter, Ed., Springer Series in Optical
Vol. 72, (Springer, Berlin,
2000), pp. 301 - 373.
- G. Montemezzani and P. Günter, "Inorganic and
Materials", in "Notions and Perspectives of Nonlinear Optics", Ole
Ed., (World Scientific, Singapore, 1996), pp. 370-427.
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