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OnDemand Webinar Series

Frontiers of Optical Fibers

Aug 5, 2020 10:00am ‐ Aug 5, 2020 11:30am



Co-Presented by MRS, the Materials Research Society and ACerS, the American Ceramic Society

Optical fibers, a major contributor to the multi-trillion dollar annual global economic impact of light, enable all modern means of communication and e-commerce, from streaming videos to online shopping. They are also used in medical endoscopes to peer into the body, and to bring high-power laser light to machining instruments central to the manufacturing of practically all modern electronics, automobiles, and planes.

However, some fibers are approaching limits in their ability to enable quickly developing technologies. The ever-present demand for enhanced performance has brought about a renaissance in fiber optics materials, their methods of fabrication, and the range of properties one can achieve.

This webinar will feature four talks from noted experts covering the past, present, and future of optical fibers and the materials from which they are made. Topics include material advances in fibers for telecommunications, specialty fibers for high energy laser systems, crystalline semiconductor fibers for novel in-fiber optoelectronics, and soft glass fibers for medical and sensing applications.

A Q&A session will be held with each speaker at the conclusion of their talks.

Talk Presentations:

  • Past, Present and Future of Telecommunications Fibers
    Peter Schultz, Peter Schultz Consulting
    Talk begins at 6:17
  • Frontiers of Optical Fibers
    John Ballato, Clemson University
    Talk begins at 36:50
  • Advances in semiconductor-core optical fibers - a materials processing adventure
    Ursula Gibson, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
    Talk begins at 1:06:30
  • Soft glass fibers for sensing and laser applications
    Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, The University of Adelaide
    Talk begins at 1:30:23


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