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Fiber Optics Technology and Applications (PF)

Fiber Optics Technology and Applications

The Fiber Optics Technology and Applications Technical Group focuses on developments relating to new fiber types and their applications. Of interest are fibers fabricated in a variety of materials and structures, designed to benefit a range of application fields, including but not limited to sensing, lasers, supercontinuum generation and quantum computing. 



High Power Fiber Lasers

When: 10 February 2021, 11:00 - 12:00 Eastern Time

High-power fiber lasers have become a critical tool for industrial machining and welding, which has helped to drive market value of industrial fiber lasers to well over ~$2B in 2018. Pulsed lasers have also made significant inroad in semiconductor wafer cutting and trimming. There is currently a significant drive to increase the average power of pulsed lasers for higher throughput, typically in the range few hundreds of watts, an area where fiber lasers excel.

There are also many promising future applications which require pulsed fiber lasers with average powers in the many kWs. One is to generate significant amount of light at extremely high frequency through higher-harmonic generations for applications such as photolithography in advanced semiconductor manufacturing. Another is light-particle accelerator. In this webinar hosted by the OSA Fiber Optics Technology and Applications Technical Group, Liang Dong from Clemson University will briefly cover some historic background, current and emerging applications, recent developments of high-power fiber lasers in both near-IR and mid-IR, as well as key challenges and issues.

About the Presenter: Liang Dong, Clemson University

Dr. Dong is currently a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Clemson University. He is a fellow of IEEE, OSA and SPIE. Prior to joining Clemson University, he served as senior technical manager at IMRA America Incorporated, R&D director at Lightwaves2020 Incorporated and R&D manager at Corvis Incorporated. He also worked as senior scientist at Corning Incorporated and managed optical fiber fabrication activities at Southampton University. Dr. Dong has over 30 years of experience in research and development in photonics and optical fibers, covering a wide range of topics in materials, designs, simulations, photosensitive processes, nonlinear processes, optical amplifiers, lasers, active/passive optical devices and system integrations for wide range applications such as telecommunications, industrial machining, medical and sensing. He is the author of a recent book on Fiber Lasers: Basics, Technology and Applications, many invited articles and 5 book chapters, and has given a large number of invited talks at international conferences. He has published ~300 papers in scientific journal and conference proceedings and has 27 granted patents. He also served as chair/member on many conference committees, associate editor for IEEE Photonics Technology Letters and IEEE Quantum Electronics, and guest editor for Optical Fiber Technology and Fibers. He currently serves on OSA Advanced Photonics Congress Strategy Steering Committee, on International Steering Committee of Workshop on Specialty Optical Fibers and as associate editor of Optica.

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At Frontiers in Optics 2020, the Fiber Optics Technology and Applications Technical Group hosted a special round table event featuring entrepreneurs sharing their insights and experiences in a diverse pool of markets in optics and photonics, ranging from bio-oriented applications and fiber lasers to optical communications and photonic component markets.

The panelists, Michelle Stock, Iñigo Artundo and Barbara Buades, discussed how they conceived of an initial idea and curated it into a feasible business case, secured investments, and de-risked the business. The panelists also shared their thoughts on the day-to-day running of a start-up, navigating customer demands, generating value, and final exit strategies. Finally, they offered their point of view on the current trends and challenges in their respective markets and advice for young entrepreneurs on how to kick-off a business. You can watch the full event from Frontiers in Optics below.

In addition to this event at Frontiers in Optics (FiO), the Fiber Optics Technology and Applications Technical Group has hosted the following events for members:

Faezeh Gholami IBMChair
Pouya Dianat Nanograss PhotonicsVice Chair
Periklis Petropoulos University of SouthamptonEvents Officer
Rodrigo Amezcua Correa University of Central Florida, CREOLSocial Media Officer
Olesya Bondarenko Pacific Integrated EnergyWebinar Officer

19 - 23 July 2021

Hyatt Regency Vancouver
Vancouver, British Columbia Canada

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On-Demand Webinars

You can watch any of the following webinar presentations, which were hosted by the OSA Fiber Optics Technology & Applications Technical Group, on-demand.

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