All posts by Laura Werner

Optical Fibers Illuminate Brain Activity

Medical imaging faces limitations inherent to its mode of presentation. While computer models and virtual reality are much more effective than 2D depictions, the result continues to be still images on a computer screen. Even with stereoscopic techniques, a user’s ability to visualize the result can depend on using a keyboard or mouse to interpret the model. And, with 4D experimental medical data (such as MRI), objects are displayed as computer animations or static pictures.

A recent Biophotonics article by Thomas Britton and OFS’ Jaehan Kim shows how a hands-on, 3D-printed brain model equipped with optical fibers can help clinicians and patients to visualize brain function activity while avoiding the shortcomings of 4D neuroimaging techniques.

To access the full article, please click HERE.

OFS Launches New Shape Sensor Fiber at BIOS/Photonics West

 

OFS will showcase its new Shape Sensor Fiber at the BIOS/Photonics West Exposition in San Francisco, January 28-February 2, 2017.

To create the Shape Sensor Fiber, OFS developed a technology platform to produce high-quality, twisted multicore optical fiber with continuous Fiber Bragg Gratings (FBGs). This type of fiber with FBGs provides stable and good signal-to-noise ratio throughout the fiber length and ease of use to customers. The manufacturing platform also allows OFS to customize and optimize the fiber to meet various customer demands more economically. In addition, OFS also offers low back reflection distal termination, multicore connectorization and fan-outs to support customer demand.

Many medical device companies are developing cutting-edge endoscopes, catheters and other equipment with shape sensing technology to increase the quality of patient care. By embedding or surface-attaching the fiber to surgical tools or other devices, technicians can calculate and reconstruct the 3D shape of an instrument on a display screen. By allowing users to monitor the exact shape and position of the instrument, physicians can conduct minimally invasive surgery (MIS) or treatment which generally results in shorter recovery times, less pain and trauma, reduced rates of infection and shorter hospital stays.

To learn more about OFS Shape Sensor Fiber, please go HERE.

OFS Showcases Award-Winning, Next-Generation Multimode Fiber

 

Data centers and enterprise networks continue to require ever-increasing speeds. Yesterday’s 10 Gbps networks are rapidly being replaced by 40 and 100 Gbps speeds, and 400 Gbps networks are on the horizon. How can today’s network designers best support this increasing demand for bandwidth?

TIA has standardized a new multimode fiber to support short wavelength division multiplexing (SWDM). Referred to in the industry as “wideband” multimode optical fiber, this new fiber type extends the ability of conventional OM4 fiber to support multiple wavelengths. Wideband optical fiber will also maintain the cost advantages of multimode fiber for short-distance applications by supporting duplex fiber links at speeds up to 100 Gbps and 400 Gbps eight-fiber links.

At the BICSI Winter Conference this week, OFS is showcasing its award-winning LaserWave® FLEX WideBand Multimode Optical Fiber. This fiber is designed to support today’s high speed 850 nm-based systems and tomorrow’s multi-wavelength systems. Optimized for SWDM, OFS WideBand Optical Fiber is the best choice for short-reach enterprise and data center applications.

For the latest WHITE PAPER on LaserWave FLEX WideBand Optical Fiber, please go here. Also be sure to visit OFS in booth 614 at the BICSI Winter Conference (January 22-26-2017 – Tampa, FL).

Fueling the Next Information Revolution

Silicon photonics technology is coming to market at a time of momentous change for Internet content providers, data centers, chip and optical components manufacturers and telecom service providers.

In fact, silicon photonics (SiP) is set to change a number of these industries, as a new book co-authored by Daryl Inniss of OFS explains.  Silicon Photonics: Fueling the New Information Revolution outlines the history of SiP development along with the many roles that this technology will play in the future.

The authors cover key topics including the latest research assessing SiP development and prospects; how SiP addresses the challenges of managing bandwidth over distances and within systems; and potential applications of SiP, including servers, data centers and the Internet of Things (IOT).

To read and learn more about this book, click here.

The Top 10 Myths About Submarine Networks

Sharks will eat submarine cables. Actually, sharks don’t seem to like the taste of these cables.

While submarine cables carry a tremendous amount of the world’s data, the “prevailing wisdom” about undersea networks suffers from many common fallacies. These misconceptions range from myths surrounding past technologies to those that involve “toothy” marine life.

A recent article in Lightwave helps to debunk the top 10 myths around submarine networks. To read more, click here.

 

A Halloween Blackout in New England

 

In the United States, Halloween is a time when young children dressed as tiny ghosts, goblins and even superheroes knock on neighborhood doors, repeatedly yelling the benign threat of “trick or treat.”

With Halloween retail spending  projected to reach $8.4 billion in 2016, this night has also become one of the biggest unofficial holidays of the year for adults, with parties and celebration galore.

However, on another Halloween night not so long ago, millions of unsuspecting New Englanders had no warning that a true utilities nightmare was about to unfold.

We invite you to read on as guest blogger Natasha Juhasz (OFS Social Media, PR and Project Manager), weaves her tale of “A Halloween Blackout in New England.”

OFS Salutes the International Day of Photonics

The International Day of Photonics is held every two years to recognize and promote the role of photonics in our world. On this day (October 21 in 2016), organizations work to raise awareness about photonics and the important role that it plays in our lives.

In fact, photonics is a key enabling technology for a wide range of products that surround us. LED lighting, photovoltaic solar energy, photonics integrated circuits, optical components, lasers, sensors, imaging, displays, projectors and optical fiber are only a few of today’s technologies that incorporate photonics.

At OFS, we design, manufacture and provide optical fiber, fiber optic cable, connectivity and fiber-to-the-subscriber (FTTx) products. Our solutions cover a broad range of applications including telecommunications, medicine, industrial automation, sensing, government, aerospace and defense.

To learn more about the International Day of Photonics and photonics technologies, please visit HERE.

The Standards They Are A-Changin’

Recent activity in the TIA TR-42 Engineering Committee produced multiple standards affecting the specification, design, installation and management of fiber optic cabling components and systems.

To help providers understand these changing standards, Product Manager John Kamino will take center stage in a webinar sponsored by Cabling Installation and Maintenance on October 27, 2016. During this session, John will discuss topics including the ANSI/TIA-492AAAE Standard for Wideband Multimode Fiber and revisions in the TIA-942-B standard for Data Center Cabling.

To learn more and register for this webinar, please visit HERE.

New Fiber Optic Cable Helps to Speed Deployment with Direct Outdoor-to-Indoor Routing

OFS will launch the newest addition to its growing Premises Cable product line at the BICSI Fall Conference in San Antonio next week.

Specifically designed to offer high-fiber density and speed of deployment in the backbone of Data Center and Central Office networks, the new AccuRiser™ Indoor/Outdoor Ribbon Cable allows cables to be terminated only as needed.  This capability helps to eliminate the costly splicing of OSP cables at the building entrance, while also freeing up limited space and helping to save on time, an essential factor to efficient installation.

To see and learn more about the AccuRiser Indoor/Outdoor Ribbon Cable, visit OFS booth # 333 at the BICSI Fall Conference in San Antonio, September 11-15. The following links offer access to the product data sheet and white paper on this new cable.

OCT Imaging Improves Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

In a recent study, researchers from the University Hospital Jean Minjoz (Besacon, France) demonstrated that optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging can more readily visualize the coronary arteries in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and lead to better outcomes when compared to standard angiography-guided PCI.

The study found that OCT provided useful additional information beyond that obtained solely by angiography, and impacted directly on physician decision-making. In fact, the use of OCT led to a change in procedural strategy in half of the cases.

In cardiology, the use of OCT involves introducing a miniature fiber optic catheter into the coronary artery to check vessel size, lesion traits and both stent positioning and expansion. OCT is also used in ophthalmology to assess the progression of macular degeneration, glaucoma and other ocular diseases.

To access details of the study, please go here and also here.