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Making the First Low Loss Optical Fibers for Communications: A Firsthand Perspective
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

Nov 17, 2021 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Peter C. Schultz
@Peter C. Schultz Consulting, LLC
Peter C. Schultz, Ph.D., is co-inventor of the fiber optics used worldwide for telecommunications. He is an internationally-recognized scientist and has received numerous awards for his technical achievements. In 1993, he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame and in 2000 received the National Medal of Technology from President Clinton. In 1991, he was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He is an expert in fiber optic technology, including telecommunication fibers and both terrestrial and undersea deployment, as well as specialty fibers for sensors. He was President and Chief Technology Officer of Heraeus Inc. (1988-2001), VP Technology (1984-1988) for SpecTran Corp, and Senior Scientist for Corning, Inc. (1967-1984). Since 2001, he has provided technical and business consulting services through Peter Schultz Consulting, LLC to numerous international companies, including Intel Corp, Spread Networks, Seagate Technology and Yazaki.