Mass production of advanced optical fibers in Turkey is now for the first time a reality – an important development that has been achieved as the result of a 10-year study at the Bilkent University National Nanotechnology Research Center (UNAM). Read more
Asst. Prof. Bülend Ortaç is among the recipients of OSA Senior Member 2019
Ortac Group recently has been recognized by SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF TURKEY for the first prototype of a kW-class fiber laser systemwhose active medium was also developed by Ortac Group.
National ultra low NA active fiber and photonic crystal fiber (PCF) developed by Ortac Group
Ortaç Research Group builds, characterizes commercial in-house medical lasers and fibers
Opaque to nearly the entire spectrum of light, the living human body is a tough nut to crack for imaging techniques. Lasers can circumvent this problem by delivering a strong, focused beam of light exactly where it is needed, and radial emitters, which produce laser light in a homogenous ring across the circumference of the fiber, are particularly popular for medical applications. Sterile, medical-grade fibers are commonly used for endovenous laser applications, such as the treatment of varicose veins, but must be supplied from European and Chinese sources and can only be used for a single operation.
Ortaç Research Group has long been conducting research for the domestic fabrication of light-emitting fibers for medical applications, and their studies have now culminated in the production of a new generation of fibers optimized for this purpose. The group has high hopes of their performance: “Now, the optical design, production and characterization of these fibers have been totally accomplished. The fibers have a substantial quality in light output, and experimental results agree well with the theoretical expectations”, says Elif Uzcengiz, a Master’s student working on the project.
Their work is also an outstanding example of cooperation between academic and industrial research, as these fibers have already been commercialized by an UNAM spin-off company, E-A Technology, using the know-how developed together with Ortaç Research Group. Ali Aytaç Seymen, co-founder of E-A Technology and a major contributor to the development of the fibers, suggests that their research “is limited neither to endovenous applications nor radial fibers, and further research on other types of optical fibers would enable their use in various fields such as urology, gynecology, ENT operations, ophtalmology and other minimally invasive and non-invasive laser applications”.
Researchers involved in this project are Ali Aytaç Seymen, Elif Uzcengiz, Erol Özgur and Bulend Ortaç.
Dr. Ortaç was appointed to The Editorial Advisory Panel of Scientific Reports as the editor in ELECTRONICS, PHOTONICS AND DEVICE PHYSICS part.
Every year, the METU Parlar Foundation recognizes the achievements of scientists and scholars from a variety of fields for their exceptional research productivity, in honor of the late METU professor, Mustafa Parlar. This year, Asst. Prof. Bülend Ortaç is among the recipients of METU Prof. Dr. Mustafa Parlar Foundation Research Incentive Awards.
Dr. Bülend Ortaç received TÜBİTAK Incentive Award 2014 from Fikri Işık, the Minister of Science, Industry and Technology, in the reception organized in Turkish Presidency.
Dr. Bülend Ortaç received 2014 The Young Scientist (GEBİP) Award in the field of materials science and nanotechnology.
Dr. Bülend Ortaç received 2014 Distinguished Young Scientist (BAGEP) Award in the field of physics.
Ortaç Research Group won “Fund for life science and technologies project awards” hosted by Inovita at Boğaziçi University. The projects entitled “Lazer in vitro fertilization system” and “Lazer cautery system” aims to exploit the unique properties of laser technology for biomedical applications.
Dr. Bülend Ortaç received 2011 Feyzi Akkaya Foundation (FABED) Eser Tümen Young Scientist Award for his research on The Development of High Performance Fiber Laser Systems.