Finisar and LightSmyth at Photonics West 2015

Happy New Year to all our blog readers!

If you hadn’t heard, next week is the annual SPIE Photonics West extravaganza at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. With over 20,000 attendees, 1,250 exhibiting companies, and 4,700 technical papers on a variety of topics from biophotonics, through industrial lasers to display technologies, Photonics West dwarfs the major optical communications conferences like OFC and ECOC. Finisar will be co-exhibiting with LightSmyth, a world leader in diffraction gratings, in booth 4212, February 10th-12th.

This year Finisar will be showcasing its expanding WaveShaper™ product family. The WaveShaper instrument was derived from our line of LCoS-based Wavelength Selective Switches and has achieved great success in research labs and production lines associated with the optical communications industry.

In addition, we found that some of our customers were using these instruments to develop novel designs of short-pulse erbium-doped fibre lasers, where the ability of the WaveShaper to control both the phase and amplitude of the light was used to control the laser pulse shape and duration. Their early feedback (in addition to the fact that this was cool, great technology) was that, for stability, mode-locked fibre lasers are generally built with polarization-maintaining fibre and that the WaveShaper instrument, being polarization-independent, was causing instabilities which affected the laser performance. We therefore re-engineered the optical design of the WaveShaper and developed our WaveShaper 1000/SP model, which was a single-polarization version of the WaveShaper 1000. This overcame the instability problem and has now been adopted by researchers and laser manufacturers to control pulse-shapes at 1.5µm.

Subsequently, we have been approached by other researchers and manufacturers working with Ytterbium and Neodymium fibre lasers around 1µm to see if we can build something similar to work at this shorter wavelength. We have now done this and are launching our new WaveShaper 1000/SP for 1µm at this Photonics West trade show. Providing the same amplitude and phase control capabilities as its 1.5µm older brother, the WaveShaper 1000S/SP pulse shaper for 1µm is a single-polarization, fully-fibered pulse shaper, complete with its own GUI (for ease of use) and programming API (for system integration).

In addition to the pulse control capabilities of the WaveShaper 1000/SP, Finisar also supplies the world’s highest quality pulse-compression gratings through its LightSmyth subsidiary. With > 94% diffraction efficiency optimized for linear p-polarization, LightSmyth gratings provide exceptional power-handling and performance as well as minimizing optical losses in the system, which is especially critical for high energy lasers.

All of these, plus our range of Finisar high-speed detectors, with bandwidths up to 100 GHz, will be on display next week at the Photonics West Trade Show.

See you there!

Video: Finisar UltraSpan Amplifier Demo Video (ECOC 2014)

Video: Finisar 40G and 50G Silicon Photonics Technology Demo (ECOC 2014)

ISC’14 Wrap-Up

This week’s blog post comes from Steffen Koehler, Finisar Senior Product Line Manager.

Finisar recently exhibited at ISC’14 in Leipzig, Germany. What a fantastic event to showcase our Optical Interconnect portfolio for HPC/supercomputer applications. For details about these high-performance optics products and our exciting live 100G Quadwire active optical cable demo at the show, click here to read the press release.

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For those show attendees who stopped by to visit our booth and enter our raffle, we are excited to announce the winner: Filippo Mantovani of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center. Congratulations!

To learn more about optimizing your HPC/supercomputer with optics, I encourage you to visit our microsite: http://www.finisaropticsforhpc.com/.

See you next time at ISC’15 in Germany.

Simon Poole Named Top 100 Engineer

Finisar’s very own Dr. Simon Poole was recognized as part of the Top 100 list of Australia’s Most Influential Engineers. In order to be selected, candidates must be an Australian citizen, a foreign national working in Australia, or an Australian working in another country; but most importantly, the engineer has to be influential. What makes being selected so special is that only one engineer is selected in each industry.

The publication reads:

“Dr. Simon Poole has both local and global roles within Finisar. Locally, he works to develop new markets and products for Finisar Australia (which he co-founded and has delivered nearly $500m in exports over the past seven years). Globally, he works across multiple groups in Finisar to assist in product and market development as well as being part of the global mergers and acquisitions team.

Poole said a significant local achievement for him in the past year had been the release of the first products based on a new technology platform developed by Finisar Australia’s Sydney team in conjunction with other Finisar groups in Shanghai and Sweden…read full article here”.
Over the last several years, Simon has worked especially hard as he travelled to over 12 countries to serve as an IEEE distinguished lecturer in the category of entrepreneurship.

These accomplishments go above and beyond the criteria for the Top 100 list of Australia’s Most Influential Engineers. It is no surprise to us that Simon was selected for this honour given his well-respected track record.

Keep up the good work, Simon!

Check out Simon’s insights and opinions on Optical Communications on Finisar’s LightSpeed blog.