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Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire Carnot de Bourgogne

GRELU Philippe (English version)

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 Office: D212 (Mirande)  

 Photonics Department (Head)

Full Professor


Career abstract

Philippe Grelu has been Professor of Physics at Université de Bourgogne, in Dijon, France, since 2005. After receiving his PhD at University of Orsay (Paris XI) in quantum optics (1996), his interest moved to ultrafast nonlinear optics and mode-locked fiber lasers. He developed a key expertise in nonlinear optical cavity dynamics, with major contributions in the fast developing field of dissipative solitons. He has delivered numerous invited talks at international conferences and authored over 180 scientific publications. He edited the following monograph: Nonlinear Optical Dynamics, from Microresonators to Fiber Lasers, WILEY-VCH (2016). 

Main Projects

In progress

  • 2014-2018: Coordinator of the Franco-Indian project CEFIPRA/IFCPAR n°5104-2 « Pattern formation and self-similarity in nonlinear media » (with Prof. K. Porsezian, University of Pondicherry, India).
  • 2012-2020:  Participant in the LABEX ACTION 2 (Laboratory of excellence for smart systems, ANR-11-LABX-01-01).


  • 2005-2010: Coordinator of the ANR project NEOSOLITON (Blanc, CSD 4, ANR-05-BLAN-0152-01) – « Control of dissipative optical structures : soliton molecules, novel spatio-temporal solitons and applications ». 
  • 2010-2014: Coordinator of the ANR project SOLICRISTAL (Blanc, CSD 4, ANR-2010-BLAN-0417-01) – « Soliton ensembles in a laser cavity: collective behaviors, phase transitions and application to the generation of optical pulses with high repetition-rate ». Collaborator: Uni. Angers (Prof. Sanchez). 
  • 2005-2011:  French coordinator of the Franco-Chinese project PRA 15660SL: « Nonlinear optical devices based on microfibers and nanofibers » (with Prof. L. Tong, Zhejiang University, China).
  • 2010-2014:  PARI (Plan d’Action Régional pour l’Innovation) funded by the Province of Burgundy (Région Bourgogne). Topic leader.
  • 2013-2017:  Topic leader in the ANR project OPTIROC (ANR-12-BS04-0011) – « Optical rogue waves in nonlinear cavities »).

Recent invited talks

  • Ph. Grelu"Paradoxical dynamics in ultrafast fiber lasers," Invited Lecturer of the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS), 18-19 July, Erlangen, Germany (2016). 

  • Ph. Grelu,"Dynamiques paradoxales dans les lasers ultrarapides à fibres optiques," Conférence plénière / Plenary Lecture, Congress “Optique Bordeaux 2016”, 4-7 July, Bordeaux, France (2016).

  • S. Chen, Ph. Grelu, J.M. Soto-Crespo, F. Baronio, “Chirped Peregrine solitons and other novel rogue wave phenomena”, Extreme Events and Rogue Waves, International Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Seminar, Bad Honnef, Germany, May 30 - June 3 (2016)

  • Ph. Grelu, "Laser Photonics" SERC School on Lasers and Nonlinear Optics, 22 March-11 April 2016, Pondicherry University, India (2016)

  • Ph. Grelu, "Extreme wave dymanics in ultrashort fiber lasers," International Symposium on Physics and Applications of Laser Dynamics, IS-PALD, Metz, France, 4-6 November (2015).
  • H. Leblond, Ph. Grelu and D. Mihalache, "Few-cycle solitons in supercontinuum generation dynamics," Advanced Computational and Experimental Techniques in Nonlinear Dynamics, Cuzco, Peru, 3-14 August (2015). 

  • H. Leblond, Ph. Grelu and D. Mihalache, "Non-SVEA models for supercontinuum generation," Nonlinear Photonics: Theory, Materials, Applications, NPh'15, St-Petersburg, Russia, 29th June-2nd July (2015). 

  • Ph. Grelu, "Temporal dynamics of dissipative solitons in laser cavities", Nano-Tera MFCA2014 workshop “Microresonator frequency combs and their applications,” Monte Verita, Switzerland, August 17-20 (2014). 

  • Ph. Grelu and C. Lecaplain, "The frontiers of mode locking", Workshop on Rogue waves, dissipative solitons, plasmonics, supercontinuum and special fibers, ICFO Castellldefels, 26-27 July (2014).

  • PH. GRELU, Tutorial Speaker at CLEO:US 2013, 9-14 June, San Jose, USA (2013): "Dissipative solitons, a novel paradigm for mode-locked lasers".
  •  PH. GRELU, C. LECAPLAIN, J.M. SOTO-CRESPO, N. AKHMEDIEV, "Complex short-pulse dynamics in fiber lasers", Workshop on Spatio-Temporal Complexity in Optical Fibers Como, Italy, September 16-18 (2013).
  • PH. GRELU,  “Understanding mode-locked laser dynamics with dissipative solitons», XXXVII National Symposium of the Optical Society of India, 23-25 January, Pondicherry University, India (2013).
  • PH. GRELU,  “Extreme Dynamics in Dissipative Optical Cavities » ROGUE WAVES 2011, Workshop at Max Planck Institute for Complex Systems, 7-11 November, Dresden, Germany (2011).
  •  PH. GRELU, W. CHANG, E. DING, J.M. SOTO-CRESPO, J.N. KUTZ, A. ANKIEWICZ, AND N. AKHMEDIEV, “Dissipative soliton resonances in laser systems: latest developements”, NPh'11: Nonlinear Photonics: Theory, Materials, Applications, 24-26 August, St. Petersburg, Russia (2011).

Teaching lectures

Undergraduate level

  • (Bachelor, L2) Quantum physics – Cycle préparatoire intégré 2ème année ESIREM.  Lectures in French. 

Master level

  • Master PPN (Physics, Photonics, Nanotechnology) year1: Fiber optics and optical communications (UE9). Lectures in English. 
  • Master PPN (Physics, Photonics, Nanotechnology) year2: Nonlinear dynamics and fiber lasers (UE15b). Lectures in English. 
  • Master ONL - year 2: Ultrafast nonlinear dynamics. Lectures in French. 
  • (Master -year1) Optoelectronics – 2nd year of Engineering school ESIREM.  Lectures in French. 
  • (Master -year1) Preparation for the oral examination of the CAPES diploma in Physics and Chemistry – Master MEEF.  Lectures in French. 
  • (Master -year2) Topical complements and research in Physics – Master MEEF.  Lectures in French. 
  • (M2) Sensors and optical communications – 3rd year of Engineering school ESIREM. Lectures in French. 


  • Since 2015: Head of the Photonics Department at lab ICB. 
  • Since 2015 : Member of the CNU (National University Council), section 30. 
  • Since 2014: Chair of the Board of sections 28/29/30 at uB. 
  • Since 2007: Head teacher of the 2nd year of the Integrated program (Parcours Préparatoire Intégré)  at ESIREM Engineering school. 

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