Ahmet Refik Kortan

OFS Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ 07974, U.S.A.


       Photonic materials have played the key role in recent optical communication revolution, and continue to define new limits for our understanding of photon-matter interaction. The ever-increasing demand for higher data capacity translates into increased bandwidth and higher bit-rates, which are fast approaching the fundamental limits. This motivates us to search for new materials with enhanced physical properties. This talk will provide a brief overview of the physics of present bottlenecks, and summarize our research efforts in ultra-transparent optical fibers, wide-band optical amplifiers, and ultra-high speed optical-switching, which can become the key components of the future optical networks.