Fiber Optics Positively Affect the World

fiber optic networksAs we’ve reported before, advances in fiber optic technologies, across all sectors, are rapidly and positively affecting the world as we know it. James A. Harrington, a professor of materials science and engineering at Rutgers University, is now being recognized for his contributions to fiber optic technology and applications. He has just been awarded the Donald H. Jacobs Chair in Applied Physics for his work.

Harrington’s specialty, and one that has earned him international acclaim, is in fiber optics that serve as chemical and temperature sensors and use laser power in surgical and industrial procedures. His most profound contribution to the field is perhaps his invention of the hollow glass waveguide, a necessary step that has led to medical and national security applications of this technology.

The chair recognizes senior faculty at Rutgers every three years since its founding in 1990. Harrington’s resume includes serving as a Jefferson Science Fellow on the 2006 and 2007 US Department of State, where his expertise informed “dual use” legislation – technologies that could be used in both military and commercial products. He worked with photo detectors, night vision technology, and superconductors used in high-energy physics research.

Harrington’s work has not only revolutionized the applications of our ever-evolving fiber optic technology, but has also contributed to determining the legal use of fiber optics in weapons systems, public and private.

Connected Fiber sends out a hearty congratulations to James A. Harrington. And for all of your fiber optics needs and to stay up on the latest innovations in the field, contact Connected Fiber today!


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