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High Purity Lasers Lead the Way to Quantum Computing

By Casimer DeCusatis | Posted: 26 April 2021

Quantum computing has received a lot of attention recently, with a wide range of possible applications ranging from the financial sector to the automotive industry and beyond. It’s only appropriate that discussions on quantum information science will take center stage at OFC 2021. While many near term quantum computers require superconducting materials or other extreme operating conditions, some architectures based on photonics may offer important advantages. In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at the optical science behind quantum computers, specifically the role of new laser technologies in creating the next generation of room temperature quantum systems.

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Machine Learning for Optical Communications

By Casimer DeCusatis | Posted: 8 February 2021

Machine learning has received a lot of attention recently, as it finds applications in everything from self-driving cars and digital personal assistants to language translators and fraud detection systems. It’s apparent that while machine learning (and its cousin, artificial intelligence) can’t solve every problem, there are a set of well-defined issues that are very well suited to this approach.In this blog, we’ll consider what makes a good candidate problem for machine learning, and look at some of the emerging solutions in optical communication physical layer and transport networks.


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The Million Qubit Challenge

By Casimer DeCusatis | Posted: 11 January 2021

Within the past few years, quantum computing has moved from the realm of the purely theoretical into the practical as the world’s first working quantum computers have been demonstrated. Currently, these computers are about as powerful as the early difference engines built out of metal gears and hand cranks by Charles Babbage. But if we can harness polarized photons for quantum calculations, there is enormous potential to scale these devices to much more powerful systems.

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Quantum Information Science at OFC

By Casimer DeCusatis | Posted: 17 July 2020

As far back as the early 1980s, Richard Feynman suggested that quantum computers might offer significant advantages over classical computers in solving certain problems in physics and chemistry. More recently, we’ve come significantly closer to overcoming the many theoretical and experimental obstacles which make practical quantum computing so difficult.

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Pandemics and Global Digitization: How It’s Affecting Optical Technology

By Casimer DeCusatis | Posted: 28 April 2020

As of this writing, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread with few signs of slowing down; over 2.2 million cases and over 150,000 deaths have been reported so far. Despite this, the OFC conference continued to serve as the preeminent technical exchange for optical communications and networking professionals, with many technical sessions now available for online viewing to those who registered for OFC. In fact, there are some industry analysts who feel that recent events might lead to significantly greater interest in optical communication technologies.

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OFC 2020 Embraces Two-Way, Remote Participation

By David Plant, Jun Shan Wey and Shinji Matsuo, OFC 2020 Technical Program Chairs | Posted: 13 March 2020

After 18 months of planning the OFC 2020 program, we had to rethink how to deliver the program in the two weeks prior to the start of the conference. As the conference drew closer, it became apparent to all of us, the onsite participation at OFC 2020 would be significantly impacted by COVID-19.  

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OFC Reflects Back, Looks Ahead in Special Fiber Anniversary Keynote

By OFC Communications | Posted: 12 March 2020

David Welch’s remarks looked back at what brought us to this tipping point of globalization. The first demonstration of low-loss fibers and the first room-temperature semiconductor lasers fifty years ago were what led us to today’s world of instant connection. From the life-saving techniques of telemedicine to entertainment like gaming and streaming, data fuels the personal connection pipeline for all of us.   

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OFC 2020 opens a new decade. What to expect of it?

By LightCounting | Posted: 28 February 2020

The last ten years were incredible for the global optical communications industry. Can this run continue for another ten years? The expectations are very high: 5G, AI, VR, and IoT are the buzz “words” that sum this up. The future is unpredictable, but looking at the past may offer some insights.

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OFC Celebrates 50 Years of Fiber

By Stephen Hardy, Editorial Director/Associate Publisher, Lightwave and Broadband Technology Report | Posted: 27 February 2020

This year marks the 50th anniversary of a pair of foundational optical communications milestones: the demonstration of sufficiently low-loss optical fiber and the first lasers that could operate at room temperature. OFC 2020 will mark the occasion in several ways, all under the heading Celebrating 50 Years of Light-speed Connections.”

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OFC 2020 - Preview and Predictions

By Andrew Schmitt, Cignal AI | Posted: 25 February 2020

Andrew Schmitt from Cignal AI has compiled a list of what to watch at OFC and what announcements to expect.

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