Industry Event
Optical Fiber Technology II
22 April 2021 • 15:00 - 17:00 CEST icon_live_event.svg
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Times are all Central European Summer Time (UTC + 2:00 hours)

Optical Fiber Technology Industry Sessions focus on advanced fabrication methods of optical fibers and optical fiber components, and contains a series of tutorial and invited lectures.
As part of the Optical Fiber Technology presentation series, the Institute of Photonics and Electronics offers an opportunity to explore the laboratory for fabrication of specialty optical fibres via a virtual tour:

Participants are invited to continue the live discussion in the Optical Fiber Technology Topical Discussion Forum scheduled immediately following this Optical Fiber Technology Session. Join the session speakers and conference chairs, pose your questions live, or follow up on discussion and questions asked earlier in this Optical Fiber Industry Session.

Further discussion about specialty optical fibers is also available at the conference on, part of the Optics+Optoelectronics Digital Forum.

15:00 - 15:05

Introduction to Optical Fiber Technology II

Ivan Kašík, Institute of Photonics and Electronics of the CAS (Czech Republic)

15:05 - 15:50

Current trends in optical fibers
Pavel Honzatko, Deputy Head of the Institute of Photonics and Electronics, Czech Academy of Sciences (Czech Republic)

Current trends in optical fibers will be reviewed such as fibrs with suppressed stimulated Brillouin scattering, silica hollow core optical fibers with extended spectral transmission range, transmission of giant pulses over hollow core fiber lasers, and hollow core fiber gas lasers.

Pavel Honzatko received his PhD. Degree in Non-linear and Quantum Optics from Charles University, in 1997. He is a deputy head of the Institute of Photonics and Electronics, Czech Academy of Sciences and a teamleader of Fiber Lasers and Non-linear Optics research team. This field belongs to the focus of his main research interest. He is an author or co-author of more than 100 papers and several patents. Dr. Honzatko is a member of Czech and Slovak Society for Photonics (CSSF – EOS) and a member of the Optical Society of America. He served as a member of scientific committee of Optical communication conference and as a Co-Chair of SMMO conference. He is also a member of Academic assembly, CAS and a member of the Council for cooperation with the application and industry. His projects were appreciated two times by the best project award of Technology Agency of the CR.

16:00 - 16:50

Biomedical applications of optical fibers and fiber sensors
Alexis Méndez, President, MCH Engineering LLC, (United States)

Given their EM immunity, intrinsic safety, small size & weight, autoclave compatibility and capability to perform multi-point and multi-parameter sensing remotely, optical fibers and fiberoptic-based sensors are seeing increased acceptance and new uses for a variety of bio-medical applications—from laser delivery systems, to disposable blood gas sensors, to intra-aortic pressure probes, to digital X-rays to name a few. This tutorial will provide a broad overview on how optical fibers and fiber-based sensors are being utilized in the biomedical arena, highlighting their intrinsic characteristics, advantages and requirements. Key industry applications, challenges and trends will be discussed, along with their future prospect and overall commercial outlook.

Alexis Méndez received a PhD. degree in Electrical Engineering from Brown University, in 1992. He is president of MCH Engineering LLC, a firm specializing in optical fiber sensing technology. Dr. Méndez was the former Group Leader of the Fiber Optic Sensors Lab within ABB Corporate Research (USA). He has accumulated over 25 years of experience in optical fiber technology, sensors and photonics. He has written 70 technical publications, taught multiple short courses on fiber sensing, holds 5 US patents and is recipient of an R&D-100 award. Dr. Méndez is a Fellow of SPIE and was past Chairman of the 2006 International Optical Fiber Sensors Conference (OFS-18), past Technical Chair of the 2nd Workshop on Specialty Optical Fibers and their Applications (WSOF-2). He is co-editor of the “Specialty Optical Fibers Handbook”, co-author of SPIE’s “Fiber Optical Sensors Book—Fundamentals & Applications, 4th Ed.”, and Series Editor for Taylor & Francis book series on Optical Fiber Sensors.