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Seminar: Frontiers in Optical Fibers for Future Optical and Quantum Communications (12/03/16)

Time: Dec. 3rd, 2016, Sat. 2pm to 4pm

Location: Pender Professional Center, 2nd floor

3901 Fair Ridge Dr., Fairfax, VA 22033

Sponsors: CAST-DC/NIS (


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Member of CAST-DC: Free ; Non-member: $10; Student: $5;

All on-site registers: $10

Dress Code: Business Casual

Invited Speaker: Dr. Ming-Jun Li, Fellow of IEEE & OSA, Corning Incorporated

Title: “Corning’s Ultra-low Loss Fiber Enabled World-Record of 404 km Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) - 50 Years Excellence in Optical Fiber”

Abstract: Recently, a new world record of 404 km quantum key distribution was demonstrated by researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China and other Chinese labs. This breakthrough was enabled by the ultra-low loss optical fiber SMF28®ULL made by Corning, a world leader in optical fiber technology for 50 years. Since the demonstration of the first low loss optical fiber of less than 20 dB/km at Corning, optical fibers have changed our society by connecting the world. The information explosion and data security demand continue to drive researchers to explore new dimensions in fiber optic technologies. In this talk, I will review first the evolution in optical fiber technology in the past 50 years. And then I will discuss current research frontiers in optical fibers for future optical and quantum communications.

Speaker’s Profile

Dr. Ming-Jun Li joined Corning Incorporated in 1991 and is currently a Corporate Fellow. He has been a key inventor and contributor to many telecom and specialty fibers including bend-insensitive ClearCurve® optical fiber for FTTH, which received the R&D 100 Award was featured as one of Time magazine’s “Best Inventions of the Year”, LEAF® fiber, which won four industrial awards and was deployed with more than 30 million of kilometers of fiber in long haul networks, ultra-low PMD fiber and low loss fiber for high data rate transmission, low SBS fiber for analog signal transmission, high bandwidth multimode fiber for data centers, various specialty fibers for use in connectors, fiber lasers, sensors and endoscopes, and new multicore fibers and few mode fibers for future space division multiplexing. Recently, he also has been working on new glass measurement techniques for measuring chemically strengthened glass and laminate glass and creating optical functionalities on glass substrates. His research efforts have resulted in the generation of a significant number of new products and revenue.

Dr. Li received the 1988 French National Prize on Guidedwave Optics for his work on Cerenkov second harmonic generation; the 2005 Stookey Award for exploratory research at Corning Incorporated; and the 2008 Northeast Regional Industrial Innovation Award from American Chemical Society. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the Optical Society of America.

He has served as Associate Editor and Coordinating Committee Member, and currently is Deputy Editor for the Journal of Lightwave Technology. He also has served as a guest editor for several special journal issues and as committee chair or member for many international conferences. Dr. Li holds 144 U.S. patents and has published 4 book chapters and authored and coauthored over 250 technical papers in journals and conferences.

Dr. Li received a B.Sc. degree in applied physics from the Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China, in 1983, a M.Sc. degree in optics and signal processing from University of Franche-Comté, Besancon, France, in 1985, and a Ph.D. degree in physics from University of Nice, Nice, France, in 1988.

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