Thursday, 12 March 2015

The Glass Age

As highlighted by this entertaining video by Corning Inc, we may refer to our age as "The Glass Age": an age during which the development of glass material has direct implications on the technological advances of our modern society. Optical fibres play a key role on that: the internet, laser systems or optical detectors to name a few. At the Optoelectronics Research Centre, I am now a member of the newly formed “Compound and Glass Fibre Research Group”, who explores the use of a large variety of optical glasses for making optical fibres with new properties. The group is led by Francesco Poletti and includes my colleagues Xian Feng, Joris Lousteau, Ali Masoudi, Lieke Dorin Van Putten and Nick White. 

Will then the use of those non-silica glasses have advantages in the fabrication of hollow core anti-resonant fibres? Will they provide novel or better properties?