Laser Focus World 2021 Rising Stars Awards: Wiktor Walasik

Aug. 3, 2021
In this thirteenth showcase, we highlight Wiktor Walasik, technical project manager at Cybel LLC.

As technical project manager at Cybel LLC (Bethlehem, PA), Dr. Wiktor Walasik is a fiber laser and fiber amplifier researcher and developer. During the 18 months he has been with the company, he has researched, developed, and manufactured pulsed single-clad, holmium-doped fiber amplifiers for forward-looking lidar applications in the 20002130 nm wavelength band. He has also researched and developed single-wavelength, single-frequency polarization-maintaining fiber distributed-feedback lasers with initial output powers up to 65 mW in the 2050 nm band and continuous-wave linewidths of <5 kHz. These lasers are key components of a novel multiple-patent-worthy pulsed lidar subsystem operating simultaneously at two closely spaced wavelengths of 2039 nm and 2039.2 nm for a highly advanced military application.

“I have been working in the field of fiber lasers for only a year and a half, but I feel very fulfilled in this work,” Walasik says. “Managing projects and designing and building novel fiber lasers is a very exciting endeavor, after having done fundamental research in nanophotonics and nonlinear optics for the past eight years. I feel honored to be selected for this award.”

According to Robert E. Tench, chief scientific officer at Cybel, Walasik “is clearly the hardest working and most talented young scientist that I have ever met in my 35 years of experience in lasers, fibers, and modern optics. His productivity in just 18 months on the job is astonishing and remarkable, and without parallel, in my experience.”

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Justine Murphy | Senior Editor

Justine Murphy is a multiple award-winning writer and editor with more 20 years of experience in newspaper publishing as well as public relations, marketing, and communications. For nearly 10 years, she has covered all facets of the optics and photonics industry as an editor, writer, web news anchor, and podcast host for an internationally reaching magazine publishing company. Her work has earned accolades from the New England Press Association as well as the SIIA/Jesse H. Neal Awards. She received a B.A. from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

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