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Department of Light-Guided Photonics

Igor Meshkovsky
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The Department of Chemistry which served as base for creating the Department of Light-Guided Photonics was one of LITMO's first departments that were created in 1930.  In 1982, the department started to train engineers specializing in fiber and integral optics, and was renamed into the Department of Physical Chemistry, Fiber and Integral Optics. The department became the first in Russia to ever develop technologies for producing optical fiber, fiber-optic bundles, and different fiber-optic devices and systems.

In 1985, the department started to train specialists in one of the leading fields of technology - photonics.

In April, 2003, the department changed its name to Department of Physics and Optical Communications Technology, and in March, 2014 - to Department of Light-Guided Photonics.

The onrush of different communications systems, computer technologies and systems that are results of their synthesis created the background for the emergence of the first global information infrastructure. Fiber-optic data transfer systems play a most important role in this process, as they led to an unprecedentedly high speed, reliability and capacity of data transfer. This led to a leap in the quality of existing communication services and to the emergence of a whole range of new ones. This field constantly develops, so specialists that work in the field of development, design, creation and operation of optical communication lines are in high demand on both Russian and international labor market.

The main directions of the department's research activities:

  • design and improvement of the element base and technologies for devices and systems of optical information transfer, processing and display;
  • development of fiber-optical sensors and information measurement sensor systems;
  • creation and research on new materials for photonics, optoelectronics and quantum electronics;
  • computer simulation of processes of optical emission dispersion in light-guided systems and elements of light-guide trunk;
  • creation of virtual laboratories and complexes of virtual devices.

As of now, the department trains bachelor's and master's students. Its educational programs are based on studying general and theoretical physics, physical optics, structure of matter and the relation between the structure and properties of substances, as well as physical chemistry of solid bodies and spectroscopy.

During the senior years, students get knowledge in the theory and practice of using LEDs, optical devices and lasers. The students also study fiber-optical sensors and sensor computer systems as part of special courses. Technologies of production of fiber-optical and integral optical elements are conducted on the base of such research and commercial establishments as the Ioffe Institute, S.I. Vavilov State Optical Institute, Dalnya Svyaz JSC, Svetlana JSC, and others.

The Head of Department is Honorable Science Worker of Russia, full member of the Russian Academy of Engineering Sciences, Doctor of Engineering, Professor Meshkovski I.K.

The department collaborates with such research and commercial establishments as the Ioffe Institute, Technical University of Berlin, Technical University of Munich, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Cyprus University of Technology, University of Jena, S.I. Vavilov State Optical Institute, Television Research Institute, State Research Center of the Russian Federation Concern CSRI Elektropribor, JSC, Technopark-Mordovia Engineering Center, and others.

The department's graduates work in major telecommunications companies like the Concern CSRI Elektropribor, JSC, Fiber-Optic Cable Manufacturing Plant OPTEN, Dyalnaya Svyaz Research and Production Enterprise, Novel-Il JSC, Optimum Networks JSC, Rostelecom, Peterlink, communication providers - MTS, Megafon, TELE2, Yota, Beeline, and others.

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