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The Optical Fiber Communication Conference (OFC) is the major annual North American conference relating to research, technology, and the application of optical fibers. This year’s conference is the ninth in the series that began in Williamsburg, Virginia, in 1975. OFC is also part of the series of major international conferences that provide a worldwide forum for the dissemination of information on the most recent advances in optical guided-wave research and development. Every second year the regional conferences in North and South America, Europe and Africa, and the Far East combine to form, in addition to their regular annual meetings, the International Conference on Integrated Optics and Optical Fiber Communications (IOOC), the next of which will be held in Reno, Nevada, 1987. Additionally, Topical Meetings on Integrated and guided-wave optics are sponsored by the Optical Society of America and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers to discuss work on planar waveguides, semiconductor light sources, and integrated optoelectronics. This year the Eighth Topical Meeting on Integrated and Guided-Wave Optics (IGWO’86) is meeting concurrently with OFC. Since 1984 OFC alternately meets on the East and West Coasts. It is planned that the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) will have the opposite geographical alternation to continue to bring the latest advances in related topical areas to the widest possible audience.

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