Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Five Minute Fiber Expert: Fibercore SM Fibers

At trade shows, people from the Telecoms Industry often ask us what makes a ‘Specialty Fiber’ special? This question has given us the idea of featuring one range of Fibercore products each month in a short article designed to provide the answers – starting with SM.

Q. What makes Fibercore SM fibers special?

A. Three things – operating wavelength, resistance to bend-induced attenuation and strength

Operating Wavelength:

Standard telecommunication fibers are typically designed to operate in the second and third telecommunications windows between 1310 nm and 1550 nm. Fibercore SM-series fibers are designed for various wavelength ranges from 476 – 532 nm (SM450) to 1550 nm + (SM1500) to enable different visible and near infra-red optical sources (lasers, LEDs, SLDs etc.) to be used. These different operating wavelength ranges are achieved by changing the diameter of the core – smaller diameters optimize transmission for shorter wavelengths.

Resistance to Bend-Induced Attenuation:

Standard telecommunications fibers are typically used in a straight line – with bend diameters less than about 30 cm rarely encountered. Fibercore SM fibers, on the other hand, are often used in very small diameter coils. For example the biggest use of SM is fiber hydrophones, which can be as small as 10 mm in diameter – they need to be to reduce hydrodynamic drag when they are pulled through the water and to pack the longest optical path length into the smallest possible volume. Light just cannot travel through a telecoms fiber bent to 10 mm – but some of our SM fibers (mainly the SM1500 series) have very high numerical apertures (NAs) to provide exceptionally strong guidance and virtually lossless transmission under these conditions. Typical telecoms fibers have NAs of around 0.13 – compared with 0.3 for SM1500(4.2/80).


The small bend-diameters that Fibercore SM-series can experience puts them under enormous stress which, over time, can cause them to break – a phenomenon called static fatigue. We prevent this in two ways – by reducing the fiber diameter and by increasing the proof-test level, relative to telecoms fibers. Standard Corning SMF28 telecoms fiber, with an outside diameter of 125 μm and proofed to 1% strain (around 100 kpsi stress) could fail immediately if coiled to 10 mm. By comparison, SM1500(4.2/80) at 80 μm diameter and proofed to 3% strain (300 kpsi stress) could last 25 years and SM1500(4.2/50) even longer.

Fibercore’s SM product range can be found at

Friday, July 9, 2010

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Sponsor- International Conference On Photonics 2010

The 1st International Conference on Photonics 2010 (ICP2010) will be held from 5thto 7th of July 2010 in Langkawi, Kedah, MALAYSIA. The conference is organised by IEEE Photonics Society, Malaysia Chapter with support of Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), Universiti tenaga Nasional (UNITEN), Fiber Optic Association of Malaysia (FOAM), Significant Technologies Sdn Bhd, Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau and Langkawi Development Authorithy (LADA).

The goal of this conference is to create a forum for researchers, academicians, engineers and industry players from various fields of photonics with different experiences and backgrounds. This event will create opportunity to present research results, discuss current issues and exchange views that may create mutual interest. It also acts as a bridge to transfer research & development output to the applications which match the industrial requirements as well as users’ expectations.


The scope of this conference covers but not limited to:

· Biophotonics

· Blue Laser

· Dense Wavelength-Division Multiplexing (DWDM)

· Dispersion Management

· Displays

· Erbium-Doped Fiber Amplifier (EDFA)

· Electro-Optical Sensors & Systems

· Fiber-To-The-Home

· Free Space Optics

· Integrated Optics & Optoelectronics

· Lasers in Medicine & Biology

· Metamaterials

· Microwave Photonics

· Nonlinear Optics

· Optical Communications Technology

· Optical Computing

· Optical Fiber & Planar Waveguide Technology

· Optical Interconnects & Processing Systems

· Optical Networks & Systems

· Optoelectronic Materials & Processing

· Optoelectronic Packaging, Manufacturing & Reliability

· Optical Sensor

· Passive Optical Networks (PONs)

· Photodetectors & Imaging

· Photonics Security

· Radio-over-Fiber

· Reconfigurable WDM Networks

· Semiconductor Lasers

· Short Wavelength & Gas Lasers

· Solid State Lasers

· Tunable Lasers

· Ultrafast Optics & Electronics

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Sponsor-Topical Meeting On Photonics-UPM 2010

In conjunction with the 10th Anniversary of Photonics and Fiber Optics System Laboratory (PFOS) Universiti Putra Malaysia, we are pleased to announce the Topical Meeting on Photonics 2010 (TMP2010). TMP2010 offers a platform for researchers in the field to present review papers on current advancement of the technology within their area of interest, and some recent important research findings. At the mean time, it provides an opportunity for all participants to interact and collaborate on any subject of interest.
Different from other technical conferences, most of the speakers are the Alumni of PFOS. Therefore, this meeting can also be regarded as a home-coming event. We warmly encourage all photonics research groups to participate and share their experiences. We expect this meeting to become an exciting event, participated by all experts. TMP 2010 will be held on the 14th and 15th June 2010 in the Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Serdang, Malaysia.


Scientists, academicians and engineers in photonics relevant industry are invited to submit technical paper. TMP 2010 focuses on the following topics, but not limited to:

  • High Power and Short Wavelength Laser

  • Optical Fiber Communication Systems

  • Multiple Wavelength Fiber Laser

  • Optical/Laser Communications

  • Dispersion Compensation

  • Multiplexing techniques

  • Optical Amplifier

  • Non-linear Effect

  • Radio-over-Fiber

  • Waveguide

  • Security

  • Sensor

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Dr. Sahbudin Shaari, UKM
Silicon on insulator PLC active devices"

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Syed Alwee Aljunid Syed Junid, UNIMAP
OCDMA - Technology for the future"

Dr. Suhairi Saharudin, MIMOS Berhad
A review on photonics security technology"

Adj. Prof. Dr. Mohamad Khazani Abdullah, Significant Technologies
Photonics industry & market in Malaysia"

Dr. Mohamad Zamzuri Abd. Kadir, Telekom Malaysia R&D
The future of FTTH in Malaysia"

Invited Speakers

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohammed Hayder Al-Mansoori, UNITEN
"A review on multiwavelength Brillouin-Erbium fiber lasers technology"

Dr. Ahmad Shukri, UPM
"Two-Photon Excitation Microscopy allowing Deep Optical Sectioning for Three Dimensional Imaging"

Dr. Faisal Rafiq, Universiti Malaya
"Flat Fibre technology: towards a truly flexible, distributed optical sensor"

Dr. Ir. Hairul Azhar Abdul Rashid, MMU
"Recent Developments in S-Band Optical Amplifiers"

Dr. Sevia Mahdaliza Idrus Sutan Nameh, UTM
"Optical Transceiver System Design For Radio over Fiber Supporting Future Broadband Wireless Services"

Dr. Beloui Bouzid, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals Saudi Arabia
"Gain Difference Between Dual Stage Double Pass and Single Stage Single Pass EDFA"

Dr. Ghafour Amouzad Mahdiraji, School of Engineering, UCSI University
"Optical- and Electrical-Duty-Cycle Division Multiplexing Techniques for Optical Transmission Systems"

Dr. Amin Malek Mohammadi, Nottingham University
"Absolute Polar Duty Cycle Division Multiplexing"

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