Bjarne Tromborg

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Bjarne Tromborg (born 1940) is a Danish physicist who has made significant contributions to particle physics and photonics.[1]


Tromborg was born in Give, Denmark. In 1968, he received the M.Sc. degree in physics and mathematics from the Niels Bohr Institute, in Copenhagen, Denmark. He was a university researcher studying high-energy particle physics from 1968 to 1978. In 1979, he joined the research laboratory of the Danish Teleadministrations in Copenhagen in 1979. He was Head of Optical Communications Department at Tele Danmark Research, Horsholm, Denmark from 1987 to 1995.

He was an adjunct professor at the Niels Bohr Institute from 1991 to 2001. In 1997, he took a leave of absence at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. Until his retirement at the end June 2006, he was a research professor at Dept. of Communications, Optics and Materials (currently named DTU Fotonik, Department of Photonics Engineering), Technical University of Denmark.


Tromborg has co-authored a research monograph and approximately one hundred journal and conference publications, mostly on physics and optoelectronics.

At the Niels Bohr Institute, he carried out research in the field of elementary particle physics, particularly analytic S-matrix theory and electromagnetic corrections to hadron scattering. He coauthored a research monograph on dispersion theory.

In the early 1980s, Tromborg switched to photonics.

Tromborg was one of the pioneers to develop advanced theoretical models for complex semiconductor laser structures such as external laser cavities and distributed feedback lasers in the beginning of the 1980s. Computer simulations and measurements confirmed the validity of the theoretical models and their predictions, and this led to a large number of highly recognized publications in international journal and conferences. Several co-workers including Henning Olesen, Gunnar Jacobsen, Jens Henrik Osmundsen, Finn Mogensen, Kristian Stubkjær, Jesper Mørk, Xing Pan, Hans Erik Lassen and Björn Jónsson contributed to this work over a period of almost 15 years until 1995.

Another important activity at TeleDanmark Research in the late 1980s and early 1990s was to study the dynamics of active semiconductor materials in order to understand the physical relaxation processes at play, their strength and characteristic time scales. A pump-probe set-up employing femtosecond lasers was established and modeling efforts were initialized. Tromborg played a major role in identifying this as a topic that would remain important for many years and where Denmark should strive to get a leading edge. Tromborg also proposed theoretical methods that could be used to estimate the size of these ultrafast dynamical effects and their role in understanding the origin of nonlinear gain suppression in semiconductor lasers.

From 1999 to his retirement at the end of June 2006, Tromborg was with the Department of Communications, Optics and Materials (COM*DTU) at the Technical University of Denmark. In this period, Tromborg was actively involved in both research and education as well as in securing several European Union research projects for COM*DTU. Tromborg took up the field of photonic crystals and with his strong general background and deep mathematical insight and knowledge he initiated and strongly contributed himself to activities within the theory of photonic crystals. He also applied general techniques within stochastic theory and signal analysis to develop improved descriptions of noise spectra in nonlinear semiconductor optical amplifiers.

Tromborg received the Electro-prize from the Danish Society of Engineers in 1981.

He was Chairman of the Danish Optical Society from 1999 to 2002.[2]

He has been Associate Editor of the IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics since 2003.

To celebrate Tromborg's many scientific contributions, a Symposium on Photonics was held on June 22, 2006 at the Technical University of Denmark.


  1. ^ Henrik Skov, "Kernefysikeren der blev opslugt af optik", Ingeniøren, Nov 27, 2005,
  2. ^ "News from ICO Members Worldwide", ICO Newsletter, April 2000, No. 43,

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