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Graduate student Zahoora Sanjabi Eznaveh wins second place in Corning Outstanding Student Paper Competition at the Optical Fiber Conference

Congratulations to Zahoora Sanjabi Eznaveh working in Dr. Rodrigo Amezcua’s Microstructured Optical Fibers group, who won the second place of Corning Outstanding Student Paper Competition at the Optical Fiber Conference (OFC 2017) in Los Angeles, California. All student papers accepted at OFC are automatically entered into the competition. From a pool of approximately 1000 papers, 25 semi-finalists are chosen and 6 finalists are invited to present their work to a panel of the 8 committee heads of the Optical Society of America (OSA). After a 15 minute presentation followed by a tough 15 minute Q&A, Zahoora emerged as the second place winner of the competition, receiving a prize of $1000. She was honored for her work at the OFC awards ceremony luncheon held at the LA Convention Center. Corning, the award sponsors, are one of the world's leading optical fiber manufacturers. It is to be noted that Zahoora won the Corning award at OFC in 2016.

Zahoora’s work demonstrates an innovative all-fiber ring-shape orbital angular momentum (OAM) multiplexer. The performance of the presented device is superb, as an all-fiber, compact, reliable and robust OAM mode generator. It allows selective excitation of 5 linearly polarized (LP) modes in a mode selective photonic lantern (MSPL) with an annular refractive index profile which can be directly spliced to ring core and vortex fibers for SDM applications. Through simultaneous excitation of the pairs of degenerate LP modes of the MSPL, one can achieve high quality OAM beams up to the second order. This innovative all-fiber mode multiplexer can be exploited in diverse applications in classical and quantum optics studies.

 

Posted Monday, April 17, 2017

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