In 1972, the first practical low loss optical fiber was produced having a germania-doped multi-mode core and silica cladding. Attenuation was only 4 dB/km, well below the 17 dB/km breakthrough fiber made in 1970 using a titania-doped silica single-mode core, and the soot deposition process used was readily scaled up in manufacturing. Today, worldwide and ~50 years later, the vast majority of fibers manufactured and deployed are still based on these original processes and chemical formulations.
As co-inventor of these original fibers, Dr. Peter Schultz will describe in detail the experimental successes and failures involved in making them. Although the general story is well known and has already been published in several technical articles and books, this webinar will focus on lessons learned in the quest of this seemingly (circa 1970) impossible goal. It should hopefully prove beneficial for researchers young and old in their technical work today.
Subject Matter Level: Introductory - Assumes little previous knowledge of the topic
What You Will Learn:
• Little-known details of making the first low loss optical fibers
• Some key ingredients for success in technical research
Who Should Attend:
• Anyone interested in optical fiber technology and optical fiber fabrication