Additive manufacturing on silica optical fibers

Additive manufacturing (AM) or 3D printing technology is introduced into silica optical fiber fabrication. Collaborating with the University of New South Wales and the University of Technology Sydney, we successfully fabricated single mode optical fibers, bismuth and erbium co-doped multicore optical fibers using this technology. It breaks through the limitations of traditional chemical vapor deposition preform fabrication technology, with precisely centering the fiber core for step index optical fibers and avoiding complex manufacturing processes of stack and draw for microstructure optical fibers. AM technology can not only simplify the production of these optical fibers but also enables designs and applications that were impossible by making full use of material inclusiveness and structural variety. It stretches the possibilities of optical fiber design and broadens future applications of optical fiber sensing, for example, fabricating hybrid fibers integrating both optics and electronic components.


nov. 19 2021


12:00 - 13:00

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  • Jianzhong Zhang
    Jianzhong Zhang
    Key Lab of In-fiber Integrated Optics, Ministry Education of China, Harbin Engineering University, Harbin, P.R. China

    Education Background
    PhD 2007, M.Sc 2004, Optical Engineering (Optical Fiber Sensors), Harbin Engineering University & University of New South Wales.
    BSc 2000, Condensed matter Physics, Lanzhou University, China.

    Scientific research and academic work experience
    2019- Associate director, Academy of Science and Technology, Harbin Engineering University, China
    2019- Deputy director, Key Lab of In-fiber Integrated Optics, Ministry of Education, China
    2016-2019:Vice dean, School of Science, Harbin Engineering University, China
    2012-2013: Senior scholar, University of New South Wales, Australia
    2011-: Professor, Harbin Engineering University, China
    2007-2011: Associate Professor, Harbin Engineering University, China
    2004-2006: Lecturer, Harbin Engineering University, China

    Research and Achievements:
    1 Books (co-editor), 3 Book Chapters,
    >180 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers
    >20 Invited talks

    Research projects
    Total research funding > 15 million RMB, Including 5 National Science Foundation and 5 Industry Research Funding in optical fiber related technologies. He has been conducting leading research in optical fiber devices and sensing technologies.

    Honors and Awards
    2020 Committee member of Chinese society for optical engineering, China
    2017 External co-supervisor, UTM, Malaysia
    2016 Sakura visiting professor, UEC, Japan
    2014 International Visitor Leadership, U.S.A
    2013 External co-supervisor, UNSW, Australia
    2013 Youth backbone teacher, Heilongjiang province, China
    2012 Promising young teacher, Heilongjiang province, China