Bragg Gratings, Photosensitivity and Poling in Glass Waveguides (BGPP)

Bragg Gratings, Photosensitivity and Poling in Glass Waveguides (BGPP)

BGPP addresses all aspects of grating structures, photosensitivity, glass relaxation and poling in optical fiber and waveguides from physical fundamentals, properties and fabrication approaches to applications.

BGPP continues to be a popular meeting for covering the state-of-the-art advances in fiber and waveguide gratings in a relaxed and nonpressured atmosphere. The program is tailored for informal exchanges, forming new partnerships, and reconnecting with colleagues. Attendees come from around the world to participate in this exchange of knowledge.  The meeting topics are divided into three main themes: fundamentals of photosensitivity, glass relaxation and poling, properties of grating structures and techniques used in their fabrication, and applications of gratings, glass relaxation and poled glass.

Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) devices are finding application in numerous sensing and laser devices. This meeting represents a long established forum for the presentation of the latest advances in FBG technology including advances in femtosecond grating formation as well as descriptions of various photo processes in glass, the state of the art in FBG fiber lasers, air hole micro-structured FBG devices, dispersionless and long period FBG designs, and progress in FBG processing in IR fibers. Recent FBG research results in multi-core fibers as well as FBG approaches to enhance Raman, Brillion and other frequency conversion techniques will also be discussed. Additionally, the use of FBG componentry in high power laser applications will be addressed. In the past, numerous firsts in this arena have been announced at this meeting.


  • Fundamentals of photosensitivity, glass relaxation and poling
  • Properties of grating structures and techniques used in their fabrication
  • Applications of gratings, glass relaxation and poled glass
Yves Bellouard, Eindhoven University of TechnologyNetherlandsFemtosecond Laser Induced Material Modifications to Control Stress-state in Glass, Invited

Arthur Braga, Pontificia Univ Catolica Rio de JaneiroBrazilOptical Fiber Sensors for the Oil and Gas Industry, Invited

Tino Elsmann, Inst fur Photonische Technol eV JenaGermanyHigh Temperature Sensing with Fiber Bragg Gratings in Sapphire Fiber, Invited

Grzegorz Fusiek, University of StrathclydeUnited KingdomMetal-packaged Fibre Bragg Gratings for Structural Health Monitoring, Invited

Peter Herman, University of TorontoCanada3D Femtosecond Laser Processing: Towards Multi-functional Lab-in-fibre, Invited

Guillaume Laffont, CEA SaclayFranceChallenging Application for Regenerated FBG: Focus on Temperature Sensing, Invited

Eric Lindner, FBGS Technologies GmbHGermanyTailored Draw Tower Gratings (DTG`s) and their Application in Sensing Technologies, Invited

Li Qian, University of TorontoCanadaHigh-purity, Broadband, Entangled Photon Pairs Generated in Poled Silica Fibers’, Invited

Razvan Stoian, Universite Jean MonnetFranceControl of Ultrafast Laser Nanostructuring of Glasses Using Temporal and Spatial Pulse Design, Invited

Francois Trepanier, TeraXion IncCanadaHigh-end FBG Design and Manufacturing for Industrial Lasers, Sensing and Telecommunications, Invited

Michael Withford, Macquarie UniversityAustraliaUltrafast Laser Written Integrated Photonics: A Quest for Killer 3D Applications, Invited
Stephen Mihailov, National Research Council of Canada, Canada, General Chair
Paul Westbrook, OFS Laboratories, USA, General Chair
John Canning, University of Sydney, Australia, Program Chair
Morten Ibsen, University of Southampton, UK, Program Chair
Fundamentals of Photosensitivity and Poling

Matthieu Lancry, Université Paris Sud, France, Subcommittee Chair
Costantino Corbari, University of Southampton, UK
Marc Dussauze, CNRS Université de Bordeaux, France
Sylvain Girard, Université de Saint-Etienne, France
Leonid Glebov, University of Central Florida, CREOL, USA
Cyril Hnatovsky, Australian National University, Australia
Saulisu Joudkazis, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Yasuhiko Shimotsuma, Kyoto University, Japan
Linards Skuja, University of Latvia, Latvia
Christopher Smelser, Carleton University, Canada
Grating Properties and Fabrication Techniques

Kevin Chen, University of Pittsburgh, USA, Subcommittee Chair
Martin Bernier, Université Laval, COPL, Canada
Mykhaylo Dubov, Aston University, UK 
Moshe Horowitz, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
Dan Grobnic, National Research Council, Canada
Tristan Kremp, OFS Fitel LLC, USA
Graham Marshall, University of Bristol, UK 
Manfred Rothhardt, IPHT-Jena, Germany,
Aping Zhang, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Applications of Gratings and Poled Glass

Cicero Martelli, UTFPR Curitiba, BrazilSubcommittee Chair
Andrea Cusano, Università del Sannio, Italy
Peter Kazansky, University of Southampton, UK 
Martin Kristensen, Aarhus Universitet, Denmark
Xiaoping Liu, Nanjing University, China
Pawel Niewczas, University of Strathclyde, UK 
Gang-Ding Peng, University of New South Wales, Australia
Paul Steinvurzel, Northrop Grumman Corporation, USA
Hwa-yaw Tam, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Réal Vallée, Université Laval, COPL, Canada
Stephan Wildermuth, ABB AG, Corporate Research, Germany
Jianping Yao, University of Ottawa, Canada

General Session with Plenary Speakers

Monday, 28 July

Nonlinearities in Periodic Media, From Fiber to Silicon Chips: Plenty to Bragg About
Benjamin Eggleton; University of Sydney, Australia

Abstract: We review recent advances related to nonlinear propagation in periodic structures, where the refractive index varies along one or two directions, i.e. gratings and planar photonic crystals. I will present recent experiments showing how periodic media have been used for pulse compression and the generation of slow Bragg solitons. I then present recent nonlinear experiments performed in photonic crystal waveguides that demonstrate the strong reinforcement of nonlinear third-order optical phenomena with slow light with applications to optical switching, quantum light sources and broadband frequency conversion.

Bio: Professor Benjamin Eggleton is an ARC Laureate Fellow and Professor of Physics at the University of Sydney and is Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh Bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS). He obtained the Ph.D. degree in Physics from the University of Sydney, in 1996. He then joined Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies as a Postdoctoral Member of Staff, and was subsequently promoted to Research Director within the Specialty Fiber Business Division of Bell Laboratories. Eggleton has published 360 journal publications and over 100 invited presentations. He is a Fellow of OSA, IEEE and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE). He was President of the Australian Optical Society and is currently Editor-in-Chief for Optics Communications.

Industrial Ultrafast Lasers
Eric Mottay; Amplitude Systemes, France

Abstract: From advanced scientific tools to industrial equipment used in numerous factories worldwide, ultrafast lasers have come a long way during the last decade. We will review the current status of ultrafast technologies, present selected industrial case studies and outline future key developments.

Bio: Eric Mottay is the president and CEO of Amplitude Systemes, France, a company he founded in 2001 and which is now a leader in industrial ultrafast lasers. Eric graduated from the Ecole Superieure d'Optique, Orsay, in 1985, and has since specialized in laser development and manufacturing.

Congress Reception and Exhibit

Tuesday, 29 July

Join your fellow attendees for the Congress Reception. Enjoy delectable fare while networking. The reception is open to committee/presenting author/student and full conference attendees. Conference attendees may purchase extra tickets for their guest.

Joint Poster Sessions

Monday, 28 July and Tuesday, 29 July

Posters are an integral part of the technical program and offer a unique networking opportunity, where presenters can discuss their results one-to-one with interested parties. Each author is provided with a board on which to display the summary and results of his or her paper.

Symposium on Surface Functionalization of Optical Fiber and Waveguide Based Bio- and Chemical-Sensors (Joint BGPP and Sensors)

Tuesday, 29 July

The aim of this Symposium is to bring together chemists, biochemists, and photonic device designers to explore together how best to functionalize optical fiber devices to detect biochemical substances and chemicals with high sensitivity, selectivity, and robustness, while lowering the limit of detection to levels that will allow real applications to be developed.

Symposium on Surface Functionalization of Optical Fiber and Waveguide Based Bio- and Chemical-Sensors

Symposium Chair: Prof. Jacques Albert, Carleton University, Canada

The aim of this Symposium is to bring together chemists, biochemists, and photonic device designers to explore together how best to functionalize optical fiber devices to detect biochemical substances and chemicals with high sensitivity, selectivity, and robustness, while lowering the limit of detection to levels that will allow real applications to be developed.

The emphasis on the Keynote, Invited and Contributed talks will be placed on understanding and utilising the interface between the photons and the substances to be detected: specifically, understanding and optimising the transducing mechanism by which the presence of a molecular or biological agent results in a measurable change in the properties of the optical device (fibre, fibre grating and other waveguide technologies) and its reliability, reproducibility and robustness for both short and long term performance.  Of particular importance are issues regarding the refractive index, absorption and transmission, scattering and porosity, and thickness of the functional layers and how these parameters can be optimized to enhance the device response. Functionalization for bare glass and plastic surfaces, as well as for fibers with metal, special oxide or graphene coatings for Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) based sensors or metal-nanoparticle assisted devices, including quantised effects associated with quantum dots and excitons, will be discussed.
The Symposium itself will not on the other hand be a forum to present new sensor concepts or improvements of the optical underlying platform, or new sensing results with existing technological platforms - these are covered in the existing format of both BGPP and OS conferences.  We hope to have a lively exchange between those who practice the art of surface functionalization and those who are attempting to develop new devices and systems, potentially cross-fertilising and stimulating ideas between communities in what is becoming an increasingly important area of science and engineering.

Chris Taitt, Naval Research Labs, USA, Functionalization Strategies for Biointerfaces between Optical Structures and Biochemical Targets – the Good, the Bad, and the Not-So-Ugly

Invited Speakers:
Filip Delport, KU Leuven – University of Leuven, Belgium, Aptamer and DNA Hybridization Assays on Gold Fiber Optic Sensors with Nanoparticle Signal Enhancement
Alexandre François, The University of Adelaide, Australia, Polyelectrolyte Multilayers for Surface Functionalization: Advantages and Challenges
Raúl J. Martín-Palma, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain, Nanostructured Porous Silicon in the Field of Biosensing and Beyond
Jean-François Masson, Université de Montréal, Canada, Peptide and Ionic Liquid Monolayers to Reduce Nonspecific Adsorption of Biofluidsa and Improve Sensitivity of SPR Biosensors
Andrea Tao, UC San Diego, United States, Polymer Surface Layers for Functionalizing Plasmonic Nanoparticles
Hana Vaisocherová, Institute of Photonics and Electronics, AS CR, v.v.i., Czech Republic, Functionalization and Biorecognition Capabilities of Ultra-low Fouling Surface Platforms for Biosensing in Complex Media

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