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2008-11 Yannick Lize

The Optical Society of America/SPIE Stanford Student Chapter presents:

Yannick Lize

Yannick Lize

"Optical Fibers: From next generation telecom networks and enabling devices, to high power fiber lasers for industrial applications."

Thursday, November 20
4:15pm, Ginzton Building, AP200
Refreshments at 4:00pm


The most common application of optical fibers is in telecom systems. From transoceanic and transcontinental to metropolitan communications, fiber optic systems deliver voice and data content with at high speed with unprecedented quality. Nowadays fiber optics usage is even getting economical enough to be a serious contender to copper wires and cable in intra-office communication and fiber to the home delivery. In this presentation, we discuss next generation ultra high speed 40Gb/s and 100Gb/s optical fiber communication systems and the devices that enable them from the point of view of an optical sub-system company. We'll also discuss alternative uses of optical fibers, such as high power fiber laser for laser cutting and welding in industrial applications.

About our speaker

Dr Yannick Keith Lize obtained the BSc in Applied Physics from Concordia University in Montreal and the M.Sc. in physics from École Polytechnique. His PhD thesis on optical differential phase shift keying (DPSK) generation, transmission and demodulation was done at École Polytechnique de Montreal under Prof. Nicolas Godbout and Prof. Alan E. Willner.
As a recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, Yannick has 20 peer-reviewed publications to his credit (15 as first author), 40 papers at international conferences including 3 invited papers, as well as 5 patents. He is currently Senior Optical Designer at Stratalight Communications in Los Gatos, CA, developing 40Gb/s optical subsystems and transponders. He is a member of the OSA, IEEE LEOS, IEEE ComSoc and SPIE. Yannick is a member of the OSA Membership and Education Services (MES) council, the OSA Esther Hoffman Beller Medal Committee, the OSA Young Professional Advisory Board and an OSA travelling lecturer. He is on the technical program committees of the IEEE 7th International Conference on Optical Communications and Networks (ICOCN 2008) and the IEEE LEOS Summer Topicals 2009.

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