Specialty Optical Fibers & Applications (SOF)

Specialty Optical Fibers & Applications (SOF)

SOF - the meeting to discuss synthesis, processing, characterization, modeling, physical properties and applications of specialty and novel optical fibers with high technological impact potential.

Optical fibers, long an enabling technology for telecommunications, are proving to play a central role in a growing number of modern technologies including applications in defense and security, sensing, automotive, and biomedicine. The purpose of this conference is to bring together global leaders from academia, industry, and the public/government sector to survey the present state of the art and project future trends in specialty optical fiber materials, designs and applications.

Particular attention will be paid to high energy fiber lasers, novel optical amplifiers and lasers, infrared and nonlinear fibers, micro-structured and photonic crystal fibers, active and passive polymer optical fibers, fiber-based sensors, crystalline and ceramic optical fibers, and fibers for biomedical and bioscience uses.

Topic Categories:

  • Optical Fibers:
    • Micro-structured fibers
    • Soft glass fibers
    • Novel designs and theory
    • Novel glass compositions
  • Fiber Lasers:
    • CW fiber lasers
    • Pulsed fiber lasers
    • Beam Combining in Fibers
    • Fiber lasers, applications, general and misc
  • Applications:
    • Fibers for sensors
    • Nonlinear fibers
    • Supercontinuum Fibers
    • Telecommunication fibers
Fetah Benabid, Xlim Research Insititute, United Kingdom, Hollow-core Photonic Crystal Fibers: Guidances and Applications , Tutorial

Gilles Renversez, Aix-Marseille Université, France, Foundations of Photonics Crystal Fibres , Tutorial

Timothy Birks, University of Bath, United Kingdom, Fiber Based Mode Multiplexer, Invited

Pascal Dupriez, Alphanov, France, Termination of Special Optical Fibers for Their Integration in High Performance Laser Systems, Invited

Christopher Emslie, Fibercore Limited, United Kingdom, The Development of Bend-insensitive, Highly-birefringent and Spun, Circularly Birefringent Fibers for "Real World," Commercial Sensors, Invited

Michael Fokine, Kungliga Tekniska Hogskolan, Sweden, Chemical Composition Fiber Gratings, Invited

Fabio Ghiringhelli, SPI Lasers UK, United Kingdom, Challenges in Designing Fibres and Operating High Power CW and Pulsed Fibre Lasers; , Invited

Miguel Gonzalez Herraez, universidad de alcala, Spain, Fiber Sensors for the High Speed Railway Environment , Invited

Alexander Hemming, Defence Science Technology Organisation, Australia, Holmium fibre lasers for high power laser applications, Invited

Ammar Hideur, CNRS - Université de Rouen, France, High-energy Ultrafast Fiber Lasers , Invited

Shibin Jiang, AdValue Photonics, Inc., United States, 2micron Tm Fiber Lasers , Invited

Xin Jiang, Max-Planck-Institute for the Sci. of Lig, Germany, Soft-glass PCFs , Invited

Nicolas Joly, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, Solid-core and hollow-core photonic crystal fibre as nonlinear element for synchronously pumped ring cavities, Invited

Victor Kopp, Chiral Photonics Inc, United States, Vanishing Core Optical Waveguides for Coupling, Amplification, Sensing, and Polarization Control , Invited

Alexey Kosolapov, RAS GPI Fiber Optics Research Center, Russia, Negative Curvature Hollow-core Fibers (NCHCFs) for Mid-IR Applications, Invited

Joris Lousteau, Istituto Superiore Mario Boella, Italy, Phosphate Glass Fibers for Optical Amplifier Applications, Invited

Sonia Martin-Lopez, Universidad de Alcala, Spain, Challenges of Long Distance Detection by Brillouin Scattering , Invited

Yasutake Ohishi, Toyota Technological Institute, Japan, Highly Nonlinear Soft Glass Microstructured Optical Fiber, Invited

Yves Quiquempois, University of Lille, France, Designs of Large Mode Area Solid-Core Photonic Bandgap Fibers for High Power Applications, Invited

Victor Rancaño, University of Southampton, United Kingdom, Multi-Element Fibre Technology in High-Capacity Optical Communication Systems, Invited

David Richardson, University of Southampton, United Kingdom, Recent Advances in Hollow-Core Photonic Bandgap Fibres, Invited

Philippe Roy, Universite de Limoges, France, High Energy Pulsed Sources from Infrared to UV with Yb Rod Type fibers: current limits and prospects, Invited

Hakan Sayinc, Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V., Germany, New Pump and Signal Combiners, Invited

Kay Schuster, Institute of Photonic Technology, Germany, Powder-sintering Technique for High-power Fiber Lasers , Invited

Akira Shirakawa, University of Electro-Communications, Japan, Photonic Bandgap Fiber Lasers and Multicore Fiber Lasers for Next Generation High Power Lasers, Invited

Stefano Taccheo, Swansea University - College of Engineering - Multidisciplinary Nanotechnology Centre, United Kingdom, Photodarkening: Investigation, Measurement and Standards , Invited

Nicholas Traynor, Azur Light Systems, Low-noise Single Frequency Fiber Lasers for Multi-Watt Blue and Green Light Generation. , Invited

David Webb, Aston University, United Kingdom, Gratings in Polymer Fibers , Invited

Natalie Wheeler, Optoelectronics Research Centre, United Kingdom, Hollow Core Photonic Bandgap Fibers for Mid-IR Applications, Invited

General Chairs

Ishwar Aggarwal, Univ of North Carolina at Charlotte, United States
John Ballato, Clemson University, United States

Program Chairs

Liang Dong, Clemson University, United States
Bryce Samson, Nufern, United States

Program Committee

Rui Almeida, Instituto Superior Tecnico,
Miguel Andrés, Universitat de Valencia, Spain
Jose Cruz, Universitat de Valencia, Spain
Sebastien Février, Universite de Limoges, France
Francesco Poletti, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Kunimasa Saitoh, Hokkaido University, Japan
Axel Schulzgen, University of Central Florida, United States
Hwa Yaw Tam, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Nicholas Traynor, Azur Light Systems,
Johann Troles, Universite de Rennes I, France
General Session with Plenary Speakers
Monday, 28 July

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.