• Chemistry and Materials
  • Digital World and Robotics

FiberTech Lille



FiberTech Lille platform is a technological platform dedicated to the design and manufacturing of innovative optical fibers. We possess state-of-the-art equipment dedicated to the realization of optical fibers (conventional, microstructured, topographic, twisted, millimetric, multicore fibers....) and to the development of different complementary ways of synthesizing materials for photonics applications. We develop simulation tools allowing the feasibility study of optical fibers according to their theoretical characteristics. We can intervene at all stages of the design of a new optical fiber. We are open to all academic and industrial collaborations and propose services in line with our expertise.


  • Géraud Bouwmans
    Scientific manager
  • Andy Cassez
    Technical manager


50 avenue Halley
IRCICA, parc scientifique de la Haute Borne


FiberTech Lille

Chiffres clés

• 800 m² of platform including 120 m² of 14 m high “clean” room
• 15 projects / year
• 150 material processes / year (MCVD, OVD, SG)
• 300 stretching/year
• 40 partners, half of which are not academic laboratories
• 15 publications/year in international peer-reviewed journals
• 3 joint/conventional labs (Prysmian Group, CEA-CESTA and CEA-LIST)


Effectif total : 14



• Synthesis of glasses (bulk, preform, porous and powders) of pure or doped silica (including rare earths, metals, nanoparticules…)
• Design and production of optical fibers including microstructured, topographic and twisted fibers
• Design and realization of fiber components (Bragg gratting, endcap, taper, splices…)
• Optical and structural characterizations of glasses and optical fibers
• Development and applications of coatings on optical fibers
• Development of 3D micro/nano-printing on optical components

Example(s) of projects

• Hollow core fibers for multimodal endoscopy (2 and 3 photon fluorescence, SHG, THG and CARS) 🡭
• Twisted multicore fibers for lensless microendoscopy 🡭
• Materials and fibers for dosimetry for nuclear security (ANDRA SURFIN) and medical 🡭
• Microfluidic system for DNA filtration 🡭 🡭
• Amplifier fibers for increased telecommunications speeds 🡭

Collaborations/Partners/Scientific clients

Institut d'Optique LCF, Onera, Laboratoire Hubert Curien, Institut de Chimie de Clermont-Ferrand, LPMC, INL, ISCR, ICB, LPN, Icube, IRAMIS, ICMMO, IES, IICUV, Xlim, Coria, Institut Fresnel, LAOG, LPCA, INRA, LAAS, FEMTO-ST, LPCES, Université d'Artois

Engineering School of Bilbao (Spain), Stuttgart University (Germany), Université de Mons (Belgium), Université de Wroclaw (Poland), Université d'Alicante (Spain), Imperial College (UK), Université de Madrid (Spain), Carleton University (Canada), ORC Tampere (Finland), Université de Varsovie (Poland)

Collaborations/Partners/Private Clients

Prysmian Group (Laboratoire commun LIFT), CEA-CESTA (Laboratoire conventionné SYLFE), CEA-LIST (accorrd cadre TOWERBRAGG), ONERA, Lightcore Technologies, Leukos, Adelis, Saint-Gobain, Multitel, Laserspec, Myrabilia Technologies, Alcatel-Lucent, Amplitude Systemes, Eolite Systems, Quantel, Keopsys, Thales, Azur Light Systems, CailLabs

Services offers

Applications sectors

  • Networks / Telecom
  • Health / wellness
  • Electronic / photonics
  • Science / Research
  • Materials (Metal, Glass, Ceramic, Composite...)

Services provided

• Design of optical fibers (determination of structures, linear and non-linear modal properties)
• Production of silica glass, in particular preforms for optical fibers (MCVD, OVD and Sol-gel including optically active dopings)
• Development of optical fibers (conventional fibers, microstructured, topographic, twisted, millimeter, multicore….)
• Structural and optical characterization of materials and optical fibers
• Production of fiber components (Bragg gratings, beam combiners, mode adapters, etc.)
• Development of new multifunctional coatings for optical fibers
• Development of 3D micro / nano-printing on optical components
• Drawing and microassembly of glass

Training offers

• Equipment and process training
• FFTH (Fiber To The Home) training

Consulting services

We provide consulting services related to all our areas of expertise.


FiberTech Lille brings together in one place state-of-the-art equipment dedicated to the production of conventional and microstructured optical fibers (drawing towers and clean room drawing) including the manufacture of doped silica glass. The platform is equipped with functionalization and post-processing equipment (a fleet of arc and CO2 laser welders, Bragg grating inscription benches), allowing the production of high value-added fiber optic components: Bragg gratings, fiber tips, beam combiners, mode adapters, etc. The platform also has a set of characterization tools (scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffractometer, index profile measurements, lasers and optical sources, optical spectrum analyzers, OTDR, a system for measuring light scattering on preforms and optical fibers) which in themselves constitute an access point to the platform for the characterization and evaluation of new optical fibers.


Nom Modèle Marque
MCVD frame
OVD frame
Sol-gel synthesis and horizontal densification furnaces
Fiberization tower
Capillary stretching tower
CO2 laser welder LZM 100/
Registration phase mask of Bragg networks
Fiber Index (IFA) Profile Analyzers
Fiber optic modal measurement benches
Light scattering measurement system


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Regional strategic areas of activity

  • Chemistry and Materials
    • Industrial processes engineering, efficient processes
  • Digital World and Robotics
    • Electronics
    • Telecom, networks, photonics