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Demetri Christodoulides is the Cobb Family Endowed Chair and Pegasus Professor of Optics at CREOL-the College of Optics and Photonics of the University of Central Florida. He received his Ph.D. degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1986 and he subsequently joined Bellcore as a post-doctoral fellow at Murray Hill. Between 1988 and 2002 he was with the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering at Lehigh University. His research interests include linear and nonlinear optical beam interactions, synthetic optical materials, optical solitons, and quantum electronics. He has authored and co-authored more than 350 papers. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and the American Physical Society. In 2011 he received the R.W. Wood Prize of OSA and in 2018 the OSA Max Born Award.

Awards & Honors

  • OSA Max Born Award 2018
  • OSA R.W. Wood Prize, 2011
  • Fellow, OSA, APS
  • Cobb Family Endowed Chair Professor
  • UCF Pegasus Professor
  • ISI Highly Cited Researcher

Professional Activities

  • QELS General Chair, Program Chair
  • OSA NLO Program Chair
  • OSA Ives & Wood Prize Committee

Research Group

Nonlinear wave propagation, beam synthesis and dynamics, optical thermodynamics, optical solitons, periodic and random optical structures, nonlinear optics in soft matter, quantum transport in arrays and photonic lattices.