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Plenary Talk - Prof. Sir David N Payne

Optoelectronics Research Centre
University of Southampton, UK


Special or Specialty Optical Fibres?


Professor Sir David Neil Payne CBE FRS FREng is a leading Professor at the University of Southampton and Director of the Optoelectronics Research Centre. A world class pioneer of technology, his work has had a great impact on telecommunications and laser technology over the last forty years. The vast transmission capacity of today’s internet results directly from the erbium-doped fibre amplifier (EDFA) invented by David and his team in the 1980s. His pioneering work in fibre fabrication in the 70s resulted in almost all of the special fibres in use today including fibre lasers which are currently undergoing rapid growth for application in manufacturing and defence. David has made numerous leading contributions to many diverse fields of photonics and is widely acknowledged as an inventor of key components. He has published over 650 Conference and Journal papers and is a frequent plenary and invited speaker at major international optics conferences. Recently elected Chairman of the Marconi Society and to the Russian Academy of Sciences, David is a fellow of the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering. He became a Commander of the British Empire in the 2007 New Years Honours list. In addition he has been awarded the top American, European and Japanese prizes in photonics. Recent awards include the Marconi Prize in 2008 and the 2007 IEE Photonics Award the first to be awarded to a person outside the USA. Most recently, in 2010, David received the AILU (Association of Laser Users) Award for his pioneering work with fibre lasers.

Tutorial - Prof. Yasuhiro Koike

Faculty of Science and Technology
Keio University, Japan


New Trends in POF for Telecommunications

Professor Yasuhiro Koike was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1954. He received his BS degree from Keio University in 1977, and earned his MS and PhD degrees in applied chemistry at the Graduate School of Engineering of Keio University, Japan, in 1979 and 1982, respectively. He was a visiting researcher with AT&T Bell Laboratories from 1989 to 1990. Since 1997, he has held the post of professor at Keio University, where he developed high-bandwidth graded-index polymer optical fiber. Since 2005, he has also held the concurrent position of research director of the Exploratory Research for Advanced Technology and Solution-Oriented Research for Science and Technology (ERATO-SORST) project of the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). His research interests include Fundamentals of Photonics Polymer Materials and Applications, Graded-Index Polymer Optical Fiber, Highly Scattered Optical Transmission Polymer, Zero-Birefringence Optical Polymer, High-Power Polymer Optical Fiber Amplifiers and Lasers, Gradient Refractive Index Polymer Lenses, etc.

Tutorial - Prof. Nicolas Joly

MPL - Russell Division 
Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Germany.


Nonlinear effects in novel photonic crystal fibers

Nicolas Joly was appointed as a W2-professor for Experimental Physics at the University of Erlangen-Nüremberg in January 2009. He obtained his PhD at the University of Lille (France) in 2002. He experimentally and theoretically studied the instabilities and the control of Q-swtich and mode-locked lasers. He then spent three years in Philip Russell’s group in UK as a Post-Doc. He was mainly working on fabrication of Photonic Crystal Fibre (PCF) and on nonlinear optics in these fibres. This includes soliton propagation and supercontinuum generation. In 2005 he became a Maître de conférences at the University of Lille in the group of nonlinear dynamics. His research was dedicated to Raman laser using conventional fiber and PCF. He was also involved in the theoretical study of instabilities observed in Free Electron Laser. In Erlangen, he will be strongly involved in Div. Russell (Photonics & New Material) at the Max-Planck Institute for the Science of Light, where he will work mainly on the interaction of intense pulses with gas placed in PCF. He will also be strongly involved in fabrication of Photonic Crystal Fibre.