Multimaterial and flexible devices made by fiber drawing

Alessio Stefani*, Boris T. Kuhlmey, Maryanne C.J. Large, Juliano G. Hayashi, Syamak Farajikhah, Ivan D. Rukhlenko, Antoine F.J. Runge, Simon C. Fleming

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The ability to co-process different materials at the same time in a thermal process opens the possibility of scalable fabrication of volumetric multimaterial and multifunctional devices with operation spanning from the UV to the microwave. Combining optical, mechanical and electronic properties of dielectrics (such as glass and polymers) and metals enables a plethora of applications in radiation manipulation. In this presentation I will discuss the process and the challenges of fiber drawing novel materials and material combinations such as: elastic polymers, biocompatible polymers, arsenic free soft-glasses and combinations of metal-dielectric structures. After discussing the process behind the realization of the novel fibers, I will show some very diverse uses of these exotic materials. I will report on our latest results on flexible fibers in generation of orbital angular momentum, realization of tunable metamaterials and wearable sensors, and I will present some applications of fiber drawn metamaterials for THz radiation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 22nd International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks, ICTON 2020
Number of pages3
PublisherIEEE Computer Society Press
Publication dateJul 2020
Article number9203327
ISBN (Electronic)9781728184234
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020
Event22nd International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks - Virtual event, Bari, Italy
Duration: 19 Jul 202023 Jul 2020
Conference number: 22


Conference22nd International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks
LocationVirtual event
Internet address
SeriesInternational Conference on Transparent Optical Networks


  • Fiber drawn metamaterials
  • Multimaterial fibers
  • Soft fibers
  • Sub-diffraction imaging
  • Twisted fibers
  • Wearable devices


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