Tech-transfer webinar to present new industrial uses for optical fibers

Apr. 17, 2014

This sleeve of carefully stacked silica rods and tubes is about to cross the point of no return and begin its transformation into a new breed of optical fiber. Unlike the bulk fibers produced by the telecommunication industry, which are completely solid and circularly symmetric, the intricately detailed ribbon-like photonic crystal fibers made at LLNL can handle tremendous power, opening the door to new industrial uses. (Download Image)

Tech-transfer webinar to present new industrial uses for optical fibers

Kenneth K Ma, ma28@llnl.gov, 925-423-7602

Learn more about an optical fiber draw tower in operation at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where researchers are exploring new designs and applications for optical fibers during the next monthly installment of the Industrial Partnerships Office (IPO) Technology & Market Discovery Webinar series on Tuesday, April 22.

The presentation by Lab researcher Jay Dawson, titled "Optical Fiber Fabrication at LLNL," will run from 8 to 9 a.m. PST. Optical fibers were originally developed for the telecom industry; however, new designs and fabrication techniques that can be looked into using the LLNL draw tower are enabling uses in areas such as surgery, industrial machining, high-power lasers and optical sensors.

The webinar is free.Register on the Web.

At the conclusion of the webinar, participants who would like to learn more about this technology will be invited to a follow-up meeting at IPO on Tuesday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to talk to IPO experts. For more information, contactIPO Market Research Analyst farquar3 [at] llnl.gov (Hannah Farquar)farquar3 [at] llnl.govor call (925) 423-0587.