OFS Laboratories: Advancing Optical Science, Innovating Real-World Solutions

OFS operates OFS Laboratories, one of the world’s leading optical research institutions, and the research and development arm of OFS. Scientists at OFS Labs collaborate closely with the company’s customers and product development teams to create solutions that help transform communications around the globe.

OFS Labs combines the rich legacy of Bell Labs (winner of 7 Nobel Prizes, 12 Nobel Laureates) with the experience of Furukawa research to form a world-class center of excellence for optical innovations. As an optical research trendsetter, we impact daily life by creating technological advancements to communication, medicine, aviation, transportation and geophysics. And whether it may be in communities, between cities, across oceans and continents or through "the last mile," the inventions of OFS Labs make voice, data and image transmission faster, clearer, more reliable and cost-effective.

Through its work, OFS Labs creates commercially viable technology breakthroughs that OFS can take to market quickly. In fact, our scientists are credited with inventing many innovative optical fiber technologies, now ubiquitous in the industry, including nonzero dispersion fiber, submarine optical fiber and polarization-maintaining fiber (see Patents and Awards).

In keeping with our Bell Labs heritage, we continually build on core competencies and leadership in the areas of optical fiber design, fabrication and optical device physics.

Organized into three divisions which operate as a synergistic "brain trust," OFS Labs helps define the course of optical communications by focusing on: (1) Optical Fiber Research; (2) Photonics Devices Research; and (3) Systems Research.Our scientists also collaborate with the development groups that support manufacturing at each OFS location; various universities; technical institutions; industry organizations; and with Furukawa, OFS’ parent company.

Initiatives for the Future

Grounded in a research heritage spanning more than a century, OFS Labs’ history of innovation includes a long track record of turning fundamental and applied science into practical, real world solutions. Our latest research includes a focus on:

  • Optical fiber design and fabrication
  • Optical fiber manufacturing techniques
  • Fiber bragg gratings
  • Fiber lasers and amplifiers
  • Raman amplification
  • Nonlinear optical fibers
  • Air-silica microstructure fiber
  • Signal conditioning
  • Optical monitoring
  • Theoretical modeling
  • Optical simulation

The scientists of OFS Labs hold leadership roles in many of the world’s most influential standards bodies. Each year, they present numerous papers on the most recent optical fiber advances at key industry technical conferences and seminars. For information on our most recent activities, please check our Knowledge Base.