Originally from France, I graduated from the University of Franche-Comté in Besançon and I received the diploma of advanced studies (DEA, ex master degree) in 1995 and the Ph. D degree in engineering and physical sciences in 1999, respectively. During my Ph.D, I studied fundamental aspects of nonlinear optical effects such as parametric amplification and stimulated Raman scattering in optical fibers. I then started a postdoctoral stay abroad in the field of nonlinear fiber optics at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Belgium, where I focused on passively mode-locked fiber lasers and Raman amplification for telecommunications. In 2001, I was appointed full-time researcher at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in the FEMTO-ST Research institute, in Besançon, France, for a research project on broadband and ultrafast parametric and Raman fiber amplifiers for telecommunications. In 2006, I received the French post-doctoral degree (HDR) to supervise Ph.D Students. I led the Nonlinear Optics group of the FEMTO-ST research institute over 10 years from 2010 to 2020. I am currently supervising theoretical and experimental studies of fundamental nonlinear optical phenomena with the aim of investigating potential applications to telecommunications, fiber lasers and fiber sensors. I am a senior member of The Optical Society of America (OPTICA), a member of the SPIE Society, the French society of optics (SFO), and the european optical society (EOS). In 2012, I received the Fabry-de-Gramont award from the SFO for scientific achievements in the field of nonlinear photonics.

Optical Parametric Oscillators

Perhaps one of the most fascinating and useful applications of nonlinear optics : The optical parametric oscillator (OPO). Photo taken with a Canon digital camera EOS 1100 D, T. Sylvestre (2010)