What we do

We are a joint endeavour between DSO, A*Star and NTU which hosts state-of-the-art fabrication equipment for several kinds of optical fibres, ranging from standard silica fibres to a variety of advanced specialty fibres, microstructured fibres and novel glasses (e.g. chalcogenides). Key equipment includes a 8.5 m dual-side fibre drawing tower, a Modified Chemical Vapour Deposition (MCVD) fibre preform lathe hosted in 200 m2 of cleanroom space. The facility also includes 300 m2 of dedicated chemical preparation area for glass etching and machining, advanced fibre processing and characterisation systems, including Bragg grating engraving/cutting, fusion splicing, thermogravimetric and thermomechanical analysers, lithography and etching. Characterisation relies on spectrophotometry, high-frequency network analysis, SNOM and electro-optic microcharacterisation.

Our ongoing projects

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  • Large mode area, multi-kW laser fibres
  • High power Raman fibres at mid-IR
  • Micro-structured and holey fibres
  • Multicomponent fibres at mid-IR
  • High nonlinearity fibres
  • Nano-wired fibres

Research Capabilities

Our specialisations lie in advanced, fibre sensors, specialty optical fibres, fibre lasers and smart fiber & textile electronics. We are equipped with fiber technologies such as fiber drawing, modified chemical deposition, operating the only fiber drawing tower in Singapore.

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