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Dr. David Novoa

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David Novoa

David Novoa

Ikerbasque Research Fellow & Visiting Professor

Ikerbasque / University of the Basque Country

About me

I am Ikerbasque Research Fellow and Visiting Professor at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) in Spain. My main research interests are focused on the science and applications of intense light-matter interaction in confined geometries, in particular in micro- and nano-structured optical fibres.
Outside the scientific world, I am a passionate traveler, musician, sportsman and reader. Partner of a wonderful person and proud father of a wonderful little girl.

  • Nonlinear & Quantum photonics
  • Fibre optics
  • Ultrafast laser science
  • Extreme light-matter interaction
  • Machine learning
  • PhD in Physics, 2011

    University of Vigo

  • MsC in Photonics and Laser Technologies, 2008

    Universities of Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña and Vigo (Spain)

  • BSc in Physics, 2006

    University of Vigo (Spain)

Professional Experience

Ikerbasque Research Fellow and Visiting Professor
University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)
Apr 2021 – Present Spain
W2 Associate Research Professor
Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light
Aug 2017 – Mar 2021 Germany
Group Leader in the Russell division. Supervisor of 6 PhD students to completion
Postdoctoral scientist
Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light
Jan 2013 – Jul 2017 Germany
Postdoctoral researcher
CLPU – Centro de Láseres Pulsados
Sep 2011 – Dec 2012 Spain
Invited Professor
University of Vigo
Jun 2008 – Jun 2010 Spain
Taught Optics, Quantum Physics and Classical Electrodynamics

Research Projects

Exotic Light Sources

Exotic Light Sources

We work on the conception, design and development of novel fibre-based laser sources operating in spectral domains such as the ultraviolet or the mid-infrared, traditionally inaccessible in standard fibre optics

Multimode nonlinear & quantum optics

Multimode nonlinear & quantum optics

The inherent multimode nature of anti-resonant hollow-core fibres opens new routes to efficient frequency conversion and spatial structuring of the outcoupled radiation, even in the single-photon limit

Smart photonics

Smart photonics

Modern machine learning approaches such as deep learning using artificial neural networks enable the optimization of nonlinear optical processes and allow for the discovery of nonintuitive photonic designs with unique optical properties


Quickly access relevant content by filtering publications.
(2022). Tunable and state-preserving frequency conversion of single photons in hydrogen. Science 376, 621 (2022).


(2021). Specialty Photonic Crystal Fibers and Their Applications. Crystals 11, 739 (2021).


(2021). Efficient self-compression of ultrashort near-UV pulses in air-filled hollow-core photonic crystal fibers. Optics Express 29, 13787 (2021).

DOI arXiv

(2021). Seven-octave high-brightness and carrier-envelope-phase-stable light source. Nature Photonics 15, 277 (2021).

DOI arXiv

(2020). Sub-40 fs pulses at 1.8 μm and MHz repetition rates by chirp-assisted Raman scattering in hydrogen-filled hollow-core fiber. Journal of the Optical Society of America B 12, 3550 (2020).

DOI arXiv

Join us!

If you find our research interesting and would like to join a dynamic team of people working at the forefront of nonlinear photonics, feel free to contact me

We are always seeking for motivated MsC and PhD students, as well as outstanding postdoctoral researchers. There are many funding schemes available at the regional, national and european level. Should you like to know more, just ask!


  • +34 94 601 41 14
  • Escuela de Ingeniería, Plaza Torres Quevedo 1, Bilbao, Bizkaia 48013
  • Skype Me -> dnovoa_ou