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Guang-Ming "Derek" Tao

Senior Research Scientist

Multi-material Optical Fiber Devices

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Dr. Tao received his B. Eng. (2006), M.Sc. (2009), and Ph.D. (2014) in optics/optoelectronic from Shandong University, Fudan University, and the University of Central Florida, respectively. He was a visiting scholar at Chinese Academy of Science (2007-2008), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2012), and Centre national de la recherche scientifique (2017). He has been awarded several scholarships/honors from Optical Society of America (OSA), the International Society of Optical Engineering (SPIE), and the American Ceramic Society (ACerS), the Extraordinary Potential Prize winner of Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad (2013) and “1000 Young Talents” Award (2017). He has years of research experience in optical sciences and engineering in academia, industry, and government institutes with expertise in the areas of infrared material, infrared fiber, in-fiber nano-fabrication, and advanced functional fibers and textiles. He has also been the organizer/session chair of multiple international conferences. Dr. Tao is also the cofounder of Lambda Photonics LLC, a startup company which developed out of his Ph.D. work.  

Awards & Honors

2013 OSA 2013 Emil Wolf Outstanding Student Paper Competition Finalist
2013 First place prize in Graduate Student Poster Contest on PACRIM 10 & GOMD 2013
2013 SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship

Recent Publications

S. Shabahang, F. A. Tan, J. D. Perlstein, G. Tao, O. Alvarez, F. Chenard, A. Sincore, L. Shah, M. C. Richardson, K. L. Schepler, and A. F. Abouraddy
"Robust multimaterial chalcogenide fibers produced by a hybrid fiber-fabrication process"
Optics Materials Express 7(7), 2336-2345 (2017).
G. Tao, S. Chen, S. Pandey, A. F. Abouraddy, and R. Gaume
"Electrically conductive glass-carbon composites"
Spring MRS 2017 meeting, Phoenix, AZ, 17 – 21 April
A.F. Abouraddy; Banaei, S.E.; Kaufman, J.; Shabahang, S.; Tao, G.; Deng, D.; Fink, Y.; Johnson, S.; Liang, X.
"In-Fiber Particle Generation"
US 9,512,036
A.F. Abouraddy, S. Shabahang, and G. Tao
"Systems and Methods For Producing Robust Chalcogenide Optical Fibers (US)"
US 9,488,775
S. Shabahang, A. Sims, G. Tao, L. Shah, M.C. Richardson, and A.F. Abouraddy
"Multi-octave mid-infrared supercontinuum generation in robust chalcogenide nanowires using a thulium fiber laser"
OSA Photonics and Fiber Technology Congress, Sydney, Australia, 5 - 8 September
S. Shabahang, F.A. Tan, J. Perlstein, G. Tao, M. al Garni, Y. Bai, O. Alvarez, F. Chenard, K.L. Schepler, and A.F. Abouraddy
"Robust low-loss multimaterial chalcogenide fiber for infrared applications fabricated by a hybridized approach"
OSA Photonics & Fiber Technology Congress, Australian Conference of Optical Fiber Technology, Syndey, Australia, September
J.J. Kaufman, G. Tao, S. Shabahang, and A.F. Abouraddy
"Thermal drawing of high-density in-fiber arrays of well-ordered 5-nm-diameter nanowires"
OSA Photonics and Fiber Technology Congress, Sydney, Australia, September
J. J. Kaufman, G. Tao, S. Shabahang, and A. F. Abouraddy
"Thermal drawing of high-density in-fiber arrays of well-ordered 5-nm-diameter nanowires"
OSA Photonics and Fiber Technology Congress, Sydney, Australia, 5 - 8 Sep
B. Ye, S.X. Dai, R.P. Wang, G.M. Tao, P.Q. Zhang, X.S. Wang, and X. Shen
"Influence of the selenium content on thermo-mechanical and optical properties of Ge-Ga-Sb-S chalcogenide glasses"
Infrared Physics & Technology, 77, pp.21-26
S. Shabahang, G. Tao, J.J. Kaufman, Y. Qiao, L. Wei, T. Bouchenot, A. P. Gordon, Y. Fink, Y. Bai, R. S. Hoy, and A.F. Abouraddy
"Controlled fragmentation of multimaterial fibres and films via polymer cold-drawing"
Nature 534(7608), pp.529–533


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