Bragg Gratings, Photosensitivity and Poling in Glass Waveguides (BGPP)

05 September 2016 – 08 September 2016 SMC Conference & Function Centre, Sydney, New South Wales Australia

BGPP addresses all aspects of grating structures, photosensitivity, glass relaxation and poling in optical fiber and waveguides from physical fundamentals, properties and fabrication approaches to applications.

BGPP continues to be a popular meeting for covering the state-of-the-art advances in fiber and waveguide gratings in a relaxed and nonpressured atmosphere. The program is tailored for informal exchanges, forming new partnerships, and reconnecting with colleagues. Attendees come from around the world to participate in this exchange of knowledge.  The meeting topics are divided into three main themes: fundamentals of photosensitivity, glass relaxation and poling, properties of grating structures and techniques used in their fabrication, and applications of gratings, glass relaxation and poled glass.

  • Fundamentals of photosensitivity, glass relaxation and poling
Photon-matter interactions, the similarity between single and multiphoton processing, ablation regimes, void formation, optically induced plasmas and nanostructures, exciton and exciplex formation, defects, phase transitions, optical-acoustic interactions, phonons, optical thermal interactions, transient index changes, Kramers-Kronig analyses, regeneration, hypersensitisation, annealing, optical chaos, optical localisation, emergent properties, optical and electronic analogies, radiation resistance, measurement methods, special fibres and waveguides, stress, composite effects, birefringence, transparency, Anderson localisation, solid-state autocatalysis, linear and nonlinear behavior.
  • Properties of grating structures, poled devices and techniques used in their fabrication
Temperature and strain performance, holographic writing, point-by-point inscription, phase front tuning, new writing methods, longitudinal properties, transverse properties, short pitch gratings, long pitch gratings, random gratings, transient properties, material properties, strain and thermal optic coefficients, acousto-optic coefficients, non-linear properties, new poling methods, new materials for poling, new materials for gratings, new materials for non-linear applications, radiation properties, annealing properties, chemical properties, biological affinity, biomedical compatibility, electromagnetic proof.
  • Industrial standardisation and applications of gratings, glass relaxation and poled glass
Harsh environmental applications, biomedical applications, diagnostics, structural health monitoring, intelligent networks, telecommunications devices, lasers, sensors, high intensity optical field applications, space applications, spectral applications, new technologies, switching, routing, instrumentation, interrogation, oil and gas applications, industrial field trials, qualifications, international standards and standardisation for different industries and applications, nuclear applications, new industry applications, super continuum generation, packaging.
Alan Kersey, ADK ConsultingUnited States30 Years of Fiber Bragg Grating Sensor Technology, Plenary

Martynas Beresna, University of SouthamptonUnited KingdomLaser induced self-organisation: from plasma to nanostructures, Invited

Claire Davis, Defence Science & Tech OrganisationReliability, Durability and Packaging of Fibre Bragg Gratings for use on Defence Platforms, Invited

Michel Digonnet, Stanford UniversityUnited StatesReview of Slow-light propagation in FBGs, Invited

Sylvain Girard, Universite Saint EtienneBasic Mechanisms of Ionizing Radiation Effects on Silica-Based Optical Fibers, Invited

Alexey Gladyshev, FORC RASRussiaSecond-order nonlinearity in optical fibers: achievements and perspectives, Invited

Paula Gouvea, Pontificia Univ Catolica Rio de JaneiroBrazilApplications of SHM with FBGs in Oil & Gas and in Aeronautics, Invited

Kyriacos Kalli, Cyprus University of TechnologyCyprusFs Lasers for Complex Gratings, Integrated Circuits and Beam Shaping in Silica and Polymer Optical Fibres, Invited

Sergio Leon-Saval, University of SydneyAustraliaFabrication and application of fiber Bragg gratings in astronomy, Invited

Alexis Mendez, MCH Engineering, LLCUnited StatesFiber Bragg grating sensors for biomedical applications, Invited

Manfred Rothhardt, IPHTGermanyFabrication and applications of Draw Tower Gratings, Invited

Masaaki Sakakura, Kyoto UniversityJapanObservation of dynamics inside glasses by parallel writing and application of parallel writing, Invited

Hwa Yaw Tam, The Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHong KongFiber Bragg grating sensors for Smart Railways, Invited

Christian Waltermann, Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institutefs-written gratings for 3D shape sensing applications, Invited
Stephen Mihailov, National Research Council of Canada, Canada, General Chair
John Canning, University of Sydney, Australia, Conference Chair
Morten Ibsen, University of Southampton, UK, Conference Chair
Matthieu Lancry, Universite de Paris Sud, France, Program Chair

Fundamentals of Photosensitivity, Glass Relaxation and Poling

Saulius Juodkazis, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia, Chair
Sylvain Girard, Université Jean-Monnet, France
Yasuhiko Shimotsuma, Kyoto University, Japan
Christopher Smelser, Carleton University, Canada
Marc Dussauze, Université de Bordeaux, France
Stavros Pissadakis, FORTH-IELS, Greece
Ole Bang, DTU FOTONIK, Denmark
Junji Nishii, Hokkaido University, Japan
Cyril Hnatovsky, ANU, Australia
Arnan Mitchell, RMIT University, Australia

Properties of Grating Structures, Poled Devices and Techniques used in Their Fabrication

Peter Herman, University of Toronto, Canada, Chair
Kevin Chen, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Martin Bernier, Université Laval, Canada
Mykhaylo Dubov, Aston University, UK
Dan Grobnic, National Research Council Canada, Canada
Tristan Kremp, OFS, USA
Manfred Rothhardt, IPHT Jena, Germany
Aping Zhang, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong-Kong
Dmitrii Stepanov, Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Australia
Scott Foster, Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Australia
Stephen Collins, Victoria University, Australia

Industrial Standardization and Applications of Gratings, Glass Relaxation and Poled Glass

Gang-Ding Peng, UNSW, Australia, Chair
Cicero Martelli, Federal Technological University of Parana, Brazil
Andrea Cusano, University of Sannio, Italy
Réal Vallée, Université Laval, Canada
Hwa-yaw Tam, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Guillaume Laffont, CEA, France
Stefan Nolte, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany
Bai-ou Guan, Jinan University, China
Yunjiao Rao, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China
Martin Ams, Macquarie University, Australia
Kevin Cook, The University of Sydney, Australia
John Arkwright, John Arkwright - Flinders University, Australia
Laurent Lablonde, iXBlue, France

Welcome Reception
4 September 2016; 18:00 - 19:30
Marble Foyer
Join your fellow attendees for light fare and networking. The event is open to committee/presenting author/student and full conference attendees. Conference attendees may purchase extra tickets for their guest(s).

Tribute Session for the Late Professor John Love
6 September 2016, 13:00 - 14:00
A special session has been scheduled to pay tribute to the late Professor John Love. The session will include short talks from some of John’s colleagues celebrating his key contributions to Australian Photonics. Box lunches will be provided. RSVP required, please see registration.

Conference Banquet
6 September 2016, 18:00 - 20:30
Waterfront on the Rocks
Join your fellow attendees for a festive evening and another opportunity to network with your colleagues. Guest tickets are available for $90 USD, as extra guest tickets are limited, please check registration for availability.

OSAF Meet the Professionals Happy Hour
Hosted by OSA Ambassador Chad Husko
Location: Marble Foyer, SMC Conference & Function Centre, Sydney, Australia
Date/Time: 7 September, 20:00 – 21:30
The Optical Society and OSA Foundation invite students and early career professionals who are OSA Members to attend a happy hour with leaders from the meeting fiber technology field. This is an opportunity to network with industry representatives, meeting chairs/committee members and exhibitors over light fare and drinks. RSVP online.

Symposium: Fiber Bragg Gratings - From Laboratory to the Real World

As a part of the 2016 BGPP Topical Meeting, papers are sought that describe efforts to transition the fiber Bragg grating, FBG, technology from a low technology readiness level to industrial application. Specifically, papers are being solicited that cover processes of moving the FBG technology from laboratories of academia through small R&D efforts to much broader industrial applications.

The topics of solicited papers include but are not limited to:
•Performance of FBG systems in real environments;
•Miniaturization efforts to make entire FBG systems suitable for on-board, in-flight, and other applications with space and weight limitations;
•Integration and packaging of the FBGs;
•Effects of harsh environments (temperature, pressure, etc.) on the performance of FBG systems;
•Signal processing of data from fiber Bragg gratings and system integration of FBGs with signal processing units; •Standardization efforts for different industries and applications;
•Specialized applications of FBGs in communication, oil and gas industry, aerospace missions, and other areas.

Symposium Organizers:
Greg Adamovsky, NASA Glenn Research Center, USA
Edgar Mendoza, Redondo Optics, USA

30 Years of Fiber Bragg Grating Sensor Technology

Alan Kersey
ADK Consulting and Insight Photonic Solutions, Inc., USA

Abstract: The first publication on the sensing potential for side-written Bragg gratings in optical fiber appeared as a patent PCT publication by the Meltz et al. group from UTC in 1986.  In the 30 years that have followed, we have seen an extraordinary series of developments in fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensor technology, taking it from early conceptual laboratory demonstrations to powerful commercial distributed sensing platforms, with many companies now developing and marketing FBG systems and ‘interrogator’ units.  This paper will review this history, highlight some of the key developments in the sensing capabilities developed and touch on some truly novel applications of the technology. The paper will also review more recent applications based on the use of extremely weak draw-tower written grating arrays that exploit the unique properties of Bragg gratings in ways to enable creative & differentiated sensing capabilities. 



Photonic Integration: Building the Ecosystem

Thomas Koch
University of  Arizona, USA


Nonlinear world of commercial photonic systems

Sergei K. Turitsyn
Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT), UK

Abstract: Many nonlinear photonic technologies are already weaved into the operation of commercial systems. Nonlinearity is an essential component in the design of numerous photonic devices, but it is often shunned by engineers in view of its practical  intractability and greatly increased difficulty of comprehension of system behavior.  The understanding and mastering of nonlinear effects can translate into improving performance of the existing devices and enabling a new generation of engineering concepts. Our recent work on nonlinear science of fibre lasers and optical communications systems will be reviewed.


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