OFS Laboratories

OFS Laboratories has a long track record of turning science into practical, real world solutions, shaping the industry with a drumbeat of innovation. Our mission is more than words and science, it is an ingrained culture for nurturing scientific concepts, patenting our unique ideas, and vigorously defending our extensive patent portfolio, which was born of our roots in Bell Labs and continues to grow every year. Through research in optical and waveguide physics, materials processing, periodic structures, photonics and non-linear fiber physics, our scientist advance technology and create practical solutions in geophysics, telecommunications, industrial processing, medicine, aviation, transportation, and many other applications.

Our researchers have achieved prolific achievements from Bell Labs to the present through the creation of ‘accurate’ technology yielding usable, significant products and processes that expand from scientific discovery into commercial application and success.

OFS Laboratories has continued technology creation through sustained investment in core, fundamental research and maintains good communication with industry leaders to ensure visibility of end-to-end issues for accuracy.

Researchers in the lab produce on average one patent per person per year with strong industry publication presence and a continued innovation funnel of bringing research-to-product creating a pipeline that is overflowing.

Current Areas of Research

OFS scientists have already been responsible for groundbreaking innovations including nonzero dispersion fiber, submarine optical fiber, and polarization-maintaining fiber.  Here are some other areas of ongoing research:

Fiber Lasers



Fiber Gratings


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  Temperature Range Chemical Resistance Abrasion Resistance Radiation Resistance UV Resistance Flame Retardance
PFA -200 to 260 °C Excellent Very Good Good Excellent Excellent
FEP -100 to 200 °C Excellent Very Good Good Excellent Excellent
ETFE -125 to 150 °C Excellent Excellent Very Good Excellent Excellent
PVDF -50 to 150 °C Excellent Excellent Very Good Very Good Excellent
PEEK -55 to 240 °C Excellent Excellent Good N/R Excellent
Thermoplastic Elastomer -50 to 120 °C Good Good N/R Excellent Very Good
PVC -40 to 105 °C N/R N/R N/R N/R Very Good
Nylon -65 to 105 °C N/R Very Good N/R N/R N/R

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