Strasbourg Convention & Exhibition Centre
Strasbourg, France
22 - 26 April 2018
Conference EPE111
Micro-Structured and Specialty Optical Fibres
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Abstract Due:
25 October 2017
Submission website is open. Late submissions will be considered

Author Notification:
26 January 2018

Manuscript Due Date:
26 March 2018

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Conference Chairs
Program Committee
  • Jean-Luc Adam, Univ. de Rennes 1 (France)
  • Jean-Louis Auguste, XLIM Institut de Recherche (France)
  • Ole Bang, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)
  • Neil G. R. Broderick, The Univ. of Auckland (New Zealand)
  • Benoit Cadier, iXFiber SAS (France)
  • Adrian L. Carter, Nufern (United States)
  • Liang Dong, Ctr. for Optical Materials Science + Engineering Technologies (United States)
  • Henry H. Du, Stevens Institute of Technology (United States)
  • Sebastien Fevrier, XLIM Institut de Recherche (France)
  • Jiri Kanka, Institute of Photonics and Electronics of the ASCR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)
  • Karl-Friedrich Klein, Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen (Germany)

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  • Jonathan C. Knight, Univ. of Bath (United Kingdom)
  • Michael Komodromos, Frederick Univ. (Cyprus)
  • Walter Margulis, Acreo Swedish ICT AB (Sweden)
  • Chengbo Mou, Shanghai Univ. (China)
  • Pavel Peterka, Institute of Photonics and Electronics of the ASCR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)
  • Saeed Rehman, Fibercore Ltd. (United Kingdom)
  • Valerio Romano, Bern Univ. of Applied Sciences (Switzerland)
  • Kunimasa Saitoh, Hokkaido Univ. (Japan)
  • Kay Schuster, Institut für Photonische Technologien e.V. (Germany)
  • Sergei V. Semyonov, Fiber Optics Research Ctr. (Russian Federation)
  • Waclaw Urbanczyk, Wroclaw Univ. of Technology (Poland)
  • David J. Webb, Aston Univ. (United Kingdom)
  • Alexei M. Zheltikov, Lomonosov Moscow State Univ. (Russian Federation)
  • Hwa-Yaw Tam, The Hong Kong Polytechnic Univ. (Hong Kong, China)

Call for
Specialised optical fibres have become essential optical components, designed to control and manipulate light guided within an optical network, enabling selective confinement, routing, dispersion or filtering to occur directly in the optical domain. Specialised optical fibres can be broadly classified as solid step or gradient index types, liquid core fibres and as photonic crystal or microstructure designs. In the former case, selective material doping of the fibres can afford unique properties that allow for optical amplification or photosensitivity. In the latter case, photonic crystal fibre allows for photon propagation in the most intricate of ways with great flexibility; we have far more control over the properties of photonic crystals than we do over the electronic properties of semiconductors. There are three key features that define the development of a specialised fibre i) the composition of the host material, ii) the waveguide design and iii) the use of specialised coatings.
This conference aims to provide a forum for scientists and engineers - involved with the modelling, design, fabrication, device integration, and application of photonic crystal, microstructure and other specialty optical fibres - to present and share their latest research and findings. This conference will expand on the existing optical fibre innovations, detailing progress in the areas of fibre manufacture, devices, and applications that target the fields of optical communications, sensing and spectroscopy; and incorporating modelling of novel fibre geometries.
The conference program will consist of both oral and poster presentations. Papers are solicited on, but not limited to, the following topics:

Materials, Processes and Fabrication Advances
Advances in speciality and microstructure fibre manufacture based on, silica, chalcogenide and multi-component glasses, rare-earth doped fibres, single crystal material fibre and polymer optical fibres, as well as new and advanced coating materials.

Theory and Modeling
Modelling and simulation of linear and nonlinear characteristics of novel optical fibres, including modal analysis, birefringence, polarisation and dispersion properties, confinement and bending losses, evanescent coupling in multi-core fibre and fibre tapers.

Test and Characterisation Methods
Characterisation of optical fibres, e.g. measurements of fibre geometry, birefringence, dispersion, non-linearity and distributed measurements

Optical Components, Sensors and Devices

Speciality and microstructure fibre-based devices and their applications cover a broad spectrum of research areas that can include:
  • Supercontinuum generation, wavelength conversion, fibre lasers and amplification, ultrahigh power and ultrashort pulse delivery, optical clocks, pulse shaping, dispersion compensation, microfluidic devices, liquid crystal fibres, and optical transport of microparticles.
  • Optical sensors, e.g. chemical and biosensors, vectorial (multicore structures) and birefringent sensors (temperature and pressure), Bragg and long period grating sensors in specialised fibres.
  • Near-field microscopy, spectroscopy of gases and liquids.

We also encourage papers on hot topics and fields of commercial interest such as

  • optical nanowires and subwavelength diameter fibres
  • mid-IR and infrared fibres
  • specialty fibres for biological, chemical and medical applications
  • fibres for harsh environments
  • fibres for use in the aerospace industry
  • fibres for oil and gas applications
  • optical fibres in renewable energy applications.

  • Finally a special session on:

  • "specialty optical fibres for fiber lasers"
  • “specialty optical fibres for life sciences, chemistry and medicine”

  • Given the recent growing activity and adoption of optical fibers and fiber sensors in the life sciences, biology, medical and clinical fields, we encourage and seek submissions for manuscripts describing new designs and prototypes of specialty optical fibers and associated devices for applications or uses related, but not limited, to the following:

  • specialty fiber needs and issues in the biomedical field
  • materials issues, biocompatibility studies, new fiber, coating and jacket materials and advances
  • catheters for patient monitoring, biopsy sampling, and the like
  • fiberoptic-based biological, chemical and medical sensors
  • specialty fibers for illumination, laser delivery, photo dynamic therapy (PDT), photo thermal treatments. Power handling and thermal dissipation studies
  • UV, VIS , NIR and IR fibers for spectroscopy analysis, chemical sensing and sample excitation
  • scanning and measuring probes for optical coherence tomography (OCT), needle imaging, and other surface or tran-endoscopic applications
  • imaging bundles, endoscopes and endoscopic tools.
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