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OSA Student Chapter Meeting


SPEAKER: Ellie Figueroa

TITLE:Sculpting light with photonic-crystal fibers

Over the past few years, microstructure fibers - new optical fibers with tailored dispersion and nonlinearity - have been providing a constantly growing platform for the development of advanced fiber-format devices and components for optical metrology, ultrashort-pulse laser technologies, biomedicine, quantum optics, spectroscopy, microscopy, and neurophotonics. Unique options offered by photonic-crystal fiber technology, such as dispersion management through fiber structure engineering and enhancement of optical nonlinearity due to a strong field confinement in a small-size fiber core, have been pushing the frontiers of fiber optics, allowing the creation of efficient sources of supercontinuum radiation, novel compact fiber lasers, as well as frequency converters, pulse compressors, fiber components for biomedical optics, and optical sensors. This talk will offer an overview of the basic physics behind ultrafast nonlinear optics of photonic-crystal fibers and the latest breakthroughs in microstructure-fiber technologies, which open new horizons in photonics and optical science. Following a general introduction into the fundamentals of nonlinear fiber optics, a broad range of applications of specialty fibers in advanced photonics, from ultrashort-waveform synthesizers to microprobes for neuroscience, will be discussed.

Friday, February 14th, 2014
IQSE 578, 11:30
Mitchell Physics Building

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering
Texas A&M University

(Pizza lunch as usual. Newcomers welcome!)

Host: Ellie Figueroa