Corning Outstanding Student Paper Award Competition Finalists Announced


Angela Stark

Corning Outstanding Student Paper Award Competition Finalists Announced

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 – Corning, Inc. and the OSA Foundation today announced the finalists for the inaugural Corning Outstanding Student Paper Award Competition, which recognizes future leaders in optical communications.  The award and honorable mentions will be bestowed during the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition and National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC) to be held Feb. 24-28 in San Diego.

The competition attracted 410 submissions, from a variety of prominent colleges and universities, both in the United States and abroad.  Finalists are:

The six finalists will present their research at OFC/NFOEC and will be judged by the conference general chairs and program chairs based on innovation, research excellence and author presentation skills.  The grand-prize winner will receive $1,500 and two papers of honorable mention will receive $1,000 each during the post-deadline paper session at OFC/NFOEC on Thursday, Feb. 28. 

Submissions were reviewed and scored by the OFC/NFOEC technical program committee and finalists were selected based on standard OFC/NFOEC paper review criteria.

 “The program committee was extremely impressed with the quality of the submissions to the competition this year,” said Ekaterina Golovchenko of Tyco Telecommunications and one of this year’s OFC/NFOEC technical program chairs.  “Many of these students’ papers were among the top-rated papers in their division, showing the next generation of scientists and engineers are already on the forefront of emerging research in their fields.  We are thrilled to honor them at a conference of this size and significance.”

The finalists will present their original papers on the following topics:

Mohammad Alfiad,Eindhoven University of Technology
A 10.7-Gb/s DPSK Receiver with 4000-ps/nm Dispersion Tolerance using a Shortened MZDI and 4-state MLSE
We experimentally demonstrate a 10.7-Gb/s NRZ-DPSK receiver with 4000-ps/nm chromatic dispersion tolerance by using phase demodulation with a half-bit delay in combination with a simple 4-state maximum likelihood sequence estimation (MLSE) equalizer.

Matthew Dummer, University of California, Santa Barbara
Periodic Loading and Selective Undercut Etching for High-Impedance Traveling-Wave Electroabsorption Modulators
For the first time, selective undercut etching and periodically loaded electrodes are combined to improve impedance and velocity matching for traveling-wave electroabsorption modulators. These devices are fabricated in a platform compatible with widely tunable lasers.

Brian Koch, University of California, Santa Barbara
All-Optical Clock Recovery with Retiming and Reshaping Using a Silicon Evanescent Mode Locked Ring Laser
A novel silicon evanescent mode locked ring laser is used to perform all-optical clock recovery from 30.4 Gb/s data. The recovered clock has dramatically improved jitter, ER, and pulse reshaping compared to the input data.

Arup Polley, Georgia Institute of Technology
100 m, 40 Gb/s Plastic Optical Fiber Link
We demonstrate launch independent 40 Gb/s error free performance over 100 m of graded index plastic optical fiber. A comprehensive channel model establishes the fiber characteristics required.

Michael Swan, University of Michigan
33μm Core Effectively Single-Mode Chirally-Coupled-Core Fiber Laser at 1064-nm
The first fiber laser is demonstrated at 1064-nm using a novel index-guiding-core single-mode fiber (Chirally-Coupled-Core) with V>>2.405. Robust single-mode operation achieved at all power levels (up-to ~40W) independently of beam excitation and fiber coiling conditions.

Frederik Van Laere, Ghent University-IMEC
Multifunctional Photonic Crystal Compact Demux-Detector on InP
We demonstrate a very compact multifunctional photonic crystal device on InP membrane.  Grating-coupled fibers feed a multimode photonic crystal wedged waveguide accomplishing individually selectable coarse WDM demux within 20 μm per channel toward membrane integrated detectors.

Submissions for the 2009 Corning Outstanding Student Paper Award will be accepted during the 2009 OFC/NFOEC Call for Papers process. 

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Since 1985, the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition (OFC) has been the annual forum for those in the optical communications field to network and share research and innovations. In 2004, OFC joined forces with the National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (NFOEC) creating the largest and most comprehensive international event for optical communications. By combining an exposition of approximately 600 companies with a unique program of peer-reviewed technical programming and focused educational sessions, audiences from service providers, manufacturers, network providers and more participate in OFC/NFOEC for the latest advances in optical communications.

OFC/NFOEC,, is managed by the Optical Society of America (OSA) and co-sponsored by OSA, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers/Communications Society (IEEE/ComSoc) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers/Lasers and Electro-Optics Society (IEEE/LEOS). Acting as a non-financial technical co-sponsor is Telcordia Technologies, Inc.