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Arbor Photonics to Commercialize UMich Optical Fiber

Photonics.com
Aug 2008
Arbor Photonics of Ann Arbor, Mich., has signed an exclusive license agreement for chirally-coupled core optical fiber with the University of Michigan. The agreement grants Arbor Photonics rights to commercialize the fiber and devices enabled by the innovative design for lasers, optical amplifiers and laser beam delivery. The chirally-coupled core concept, dubbed "CCC" or "3C" fiber, is an optical fiber that utilizes an internal structure to produce single spatial mode output from very large mode area fibers, and was invented by Almantas Galvanauskas, professor at the University of Michigan Center for Ultrafast Optical Science. According to Arbor Photonics, the 3C fiber technology will boost performance in terms of average power, peak power and brightness and will benefit laser applications in microelectronics, solar cell manufacturing and defense.


GLOSSARY
optical fiber
A thin filament of drawn or extruded glass or plastic having a central core and a cladding of lower index material to promote total internal reflection (TIR). It may be used singly to transmit pulsed optical signals (communications fiber) or in bundles to transmit light or images.  
photonics
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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