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Soft Glass Optical Fibres: Properties, Fabrication and Applications

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Soft Glass Optical Fibres: Properties, Fabrication and Applications

Hosted By: Fiber Modeling and Fabrication Technical Group

12 May 2021, 20:00 - 21:00 - Eastern Daylight Time (UTC - 04:00)

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In this webinar hosted by the Fiber Modeling and Fabrication Technical Group, Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem from the University of Adelaide will present an overview of the diverse types of soft glasses, including fluoride, chalcogenide and heavy metal oxide glasses. The basic glass composition-structure-property relationships of the various glass types relative to each other and to the widely used silica are described with respect to fibre fabrication and applications. The glass and preform fabrication methods and their challenges are evaluated with regard to manufacture of low-loss solid and microstructured fibres with targeted structures. The webinar will conclude with recent trends in fabrication, fibre types and applications.

Subject Matter Level:

  • Introductory - Assumes little previous knowledge of the topic

What You Will Learn:

  • Evaluation of preform fabrication methods
  • Challenges and opportunities of using soft glass for fibre fabrication
  • Overview of soft glass fibre application areas

Who Should Attend:

  • Those interested in the opportunities and challenges provided by soft glass fibres for various applications
  • Those interested in a broad overview of the various methods for fabrication of soft glass, preforms and fibres


About the Presenter: Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, The University of Adelaide

Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem received the Ph.D. degree in chemistry from the University of Jena, Germany, in 1994. During 2001–2004, she was with the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton, U.K. Since 2005, she has been with the University of Adelaide, Australia. She currently leads the Fibers and Photonics Materials Research Group and is the Deputy Director of the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing. She is also the Director of the Adelaide University Optofab Hub of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) and Senior Investigator of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP). Her research focuses on the development of novel optical glasses, specialty optical fibers, hybrid glasses and fibers, surface functionalization and sensing approaches. She received the Weyl International Glass Science Award and the prestigious Marie Curie Individual Fellowship of the European Union in 2001.