Specialty Optical Fibers

Specialty Optical Fibers

Specialty Optical Fibers (SOF) meeting discusses 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.

Optical Fibers:  
  • Micro-structured fibers
  • Soft glass fibers and polymer fibers
  • Novel designs and theory
  • Novel glass compositions
  • Infrared Fibers
  • Crystalline Fibers
Fiber Lasers:  
  • CW fiber lasers
  • Pulsed fiber lasers
  • Beam Combining in Fibers
  • Fiber lasers, applications, general and misc
  • Fibers for sensors
  • Nonlinear effects
  • Supercontinuum Fibers
  • Telecommunication fibers
Stuart Jackson, Macquarie UniversityAustraliaMid-IR Fiber Lasers, Tutorial

Siddharth Ramachandran, Boston UniversityUnited StatesModes with Angular Momentum in Optical Fibers and their Applications , Tutorial

Rodrigo Amezcua Correa, University of Central Florida, CREOLUnited StatesMulticore Optical Fiber and their applications , Invited

Tim Birks, University of BathUnited KingdomThe Airy Fibre: Designing Fibres Backwards , Invited

Anderson S. Gomes, Universidade Federal de PernambucoBrazilRecent advances and applications in Random Fiber Lasers, Invited

Kazuo Hotate, University of TokyoJapanFiber Optic Nerve Systems for Structural Health Monitoring with Brillouin Optical Correlation Domain Techniques , Invited

Xin Jiang, Max-Planck-Institute for Sci. of LightGermanySoft glass microstructured fibers and their applications , Invited

Wei Jin, Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityChinaPhoto- thermal sensors with microstructured optical fibres, Invited

Raman Kashyap, Polytechnique de MontrealCanadaMassive Enhancement of Scatter in UV Exposed Optical Fibers , Invited

Leonid Kotov, Fiber Optics Research Center RASHigh average and peak power double-clad Er-doped fiber lasers and their applications , Invited

Sophie LaRochelle, Universite LavalCanadaOptical fibers for next generation optical communications  , Invited

Sergio Leon-Saval, University of SydneyAustraliaScalability of mode selective photonic lanterns  , Invited

Brian Mangan, OFS LaboratoriesUnited StatesSingle mode hollow core photonic bandgap fibers , Invited

Cicero Martelli, Universidade Tecnológica Federal do PRBrazilRecent progress in optical fiber sensors , Invited

John Minelly, Coherent Inc.United StatesIntrinsically single-mode high-power fiber lasers utilizing LMA fibers directly fabricated by MCVD , Invited

David Novoa, Max Planck Inst for The Sci of Light Broadband single-mode frequency conversion and Raman gain suppression in gas-filled hollow-core PCF , Invited

Jayanta Sahu, University of SouthamptonUnited KingdomSpecialty fibers for high power fiber lasers , Invited

Brandon Shaw, US Naval Research LaboratoryUnited StatesMid-IR fiber sources and applications , Invited

Woojin Shin, Gwangju Inst of Science & TechnologySouth KoreaNew Fiber Fabrication Method Based on the Granulated Silica, Invited

Ming Tang, Huazhong Univ of Science and TechnologyChinaSpatial-division multiplexed optical sensing using MCF and FMF , Invited

Kanishka Tankala, NufernUnited StatesLong term stability of double-clad fibers , Invited

Real Vallee, Universite LavalCanadaMid-IR ZBLAN lasers , Invited

Zinan Wang, Univ. Electronic Sci. & Tech. of ChinaChinaTailoring the Properties of CW Random Fiber Lasers, Invited

Fei Yu, University of BathUnited KingdomMid-IR Gas Fiber lasers , Invited

Program Chair

Adrian CarterNufern, Australia  


John CanningUniversity of Sydney, Australia
Sebastien FévrierUniversite de Limoges, France
Raman KashyapPolytechnique de Montreal, Canada
Walter MargulisAcreo Swedish ICT AB, Sweden
Kyunghwan OhYonsei University, South Korea
Francesco PolettiUniversity of Southampton, United Kingdom
Philippe RoyUniversite de Limoges, France
Jayanta K SahuUniversity of Southampton
Kunimasa SaitohHokkaido University, Japan
Jasbinder SangheraUS Naval Research Laboratory, United States
Axel SchulzgenUniversity of Central Florida, United States
Hwa Yaw TamThe Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Nicholas TraynorAzur Light Systems
Johann TrolesUniversite de Rennes I, France
Michalis ZervasUniversity of Southampton, United Kingdom
Optical Material Studies Technical Group Special Talk
Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 12:30 – 13:30
Garibaldi Room
Join the OSA Optical Material Studies Technical Group for a special talk focused on transparent conductors using silver nanowires and their application to OLED and OPV on flexible substrates. Dr. Craig Arnold of Princeton University will present his talk ‘Silver Nanowire Network Transparent Electrodes for Organic and Hybrid-Organic Devices’ as part of this technical group event. Includes lunch; RSVP required.

Contact TGactivities@osa.org to register, pending availability.

Ming Wu
University of California, Berkeley, USA

Biography: Dr. Ming Wu is Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, and Co-Director of Berkeley Sensors and Actuators Center (BSAC). His research interests include optical MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems), optoelectronics, and biophotonics.

Professor Wu received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering and computer sciences from the University of California, Berkeley in 1985 and 1988, respectively. From 1988 to 1992, he was a Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey. From 1992 to 2004, he was a professor in the electrical engineering department at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he also served as Vice Chair for Industrial Affiliate Program and Director of Nanoelectronics Research Facility. In 2004, he moved to the University of California, Berkeley.

He has published six book chapters, over 140 journal papers and 290 conference papers. He is the holder of 15 U.S. patents. Prof. Wu is a Fellow of IEEE, and a member of Optical Society of America. He was a Packard Foundation Fellow from 1992 to 1997. He is the founding Co-Chair of IEEE/LEOS Summer Topical Meeting on Optical MEMS (1996), the predecessor of IEEE/LEOS International Conference on Optical MEMS. He has served in the program committees of many technical conferences, including MEMS, OFC, CLEO, LEOS, MWP, IEDM, DRC, ISSCC; and as Guest Editor of two special issues of IEEE journals on Optical MEMS.

Toward Hz-level Optical Frequency Synthesis Across the C-band
Larry Coldren
University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Abstract: By using a stable comb as an input reference to an integrated heterodyne optical-phase-locked-loop consisting of a coherent receiver, feedback electronics, and an RF synthesizer, precise optical frequencies across many comb lines can be generated.

Biography: Larry A. Coldren is the Fred Kavli Professor of Optoelectronics and Sensors at the University of California, Santa Barbara, CA.  He received his Ph.D. in EE from Stanford Univ. and spent 13 years in research at Bell Labs before joining UCSB in 1984, where he holds appointments in the ECE and Materials Departments. He acted as Dean of Engineering at UCSB from 2009-2011.  In 1991 he co-founded Optical Concepts, acquired as Gore Photonics, to develop novel Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser (VCSEL) modules; and later in 1998, Agility Communications, acquired by JDS-Uniphase (now Lumentum), to develop widely-tunable integrated optical transmitters.

He has authored or co-authored over a thousand journal and conference papers, including numerous plenary, tutorial and invited presentations.  He has co-authored 8 book chapters and two textbooks.  He has been issued 65 patents and is a recipient of several awards, including the John Tyndall, Aron Kressel, David Sarnoff and IPRM Awards.  He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE, and a Fellow of the OSA and IEE as well as a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

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Corporate Sponsors

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Yenista Optics


Rosendahl Nextrom
Santec USA Corporation
Synopsys, Inc.
VPIphotonics Inc.
Yenista Optics, Inc.