Paris-Saclay, France

Jean-Pierre Hamaide

IP-Transport Research Program leader


Jean-Pierre dedicated many years to the experimental study of nonlinear effects in optical fibres and their influence on the design of transmission systems. From 1984 to 1990, he has been with the Free University of Brussels, Belgium, and has been involved in the investigation of basic nonlinear effects in optical fibres. He co-authored the first experimental demonstration of dark-soliton propagation in normal dispersion optical fibers. In 1991, he joined Alcatel-Lucent to launch novel research studies on optical nonlinearity impact in submarine transmission systems. He reported on the first demonstration of system benefit of new large effective area optical fibre. This type of fiber laid the groundwork for a whole new generation of fibers. Since 2007, Research on Optics combines the forces of US, German, and French teams. The Team holds a large serie of world records and premieres, definitely contributing to the product portfolio and to the image of technology excellence of Alcatel-Lucent.

The story started well before, at 12, when Fernand Hamaide, his father, tried to explain him the constitution of vacuum tubes and the role of the grid in a triode! He hasn’t understood anything at that time, except that he intimately felt that physics and electronics are exciting fields. And it is as a TV repair technician that he started to learn, and one of his proudest souvenir was when he successfully repair his first broken TV, even if it appeared that it was simply due to a fuse break!



  • PhD - Docteur es Sciences Physiques ,  Experimental soliton transmission, Adviser: Prof. Jean Ebbeni
  • Bachelor’s degree in Physics, personal work on « Measurement and processing of LORAN-C pulses »


  • Technician in Electronics

Professional activites

Member of the technical program committees of several conferences, including ECOC
Member of the International Advisory of the COMINLAB consortium of french communication research labs
Member of the Startegy Board of the "Commission Stratégique Défi Photonique"

Selected articles and publications

Selection of five publications, reporting on a couple of premieres:

  • J.P. Hamaide and Ph. Emplit, !!Direct observation of optical wave breaking of picosecond pulses in nonlinear single-mode optical fibers?!, Electron. Letters, 24, 818 (1988).


  • J.P. Hamaide, Ph. Emplit and J.M. Gabriagues,”Limitations in long-haul IM/DD optical fibre systems caused by chromatic dispersion and nonlinear Kerr effect!!, Electron. Letters, 26, 1451 (1990).
  • J.P. Hamaide, Ph. Emplit and M. Haelterman, !!Darkso1iton jitter in amplified optical transmission systems!!, Optics Lett., .j, 1578 (1991).
  • J.P. Hamaide, E. Brun, 0. Audouin and B. Biotteau, “Experimental demonstration of second- order average soliton propagation in an optical fiber over several soliton periods”, Optics Letters, 19, 25 (1994).
  • J.P. Hamaide, F. Pitel, P. Nouchi, B. Biotteau, J. Von Wirth, P. Sansonetti and J. Chesnoy, “Experimental 10 Gb/s sliding filter-guided soliton transmission up to 19 Mm with 63 km amplifier spacing using large effective-area fiber management”, ECOC’95, Post deadline session, Paper Th.A.3.7, Brussels - Belgium (september 1995)

Honors & Awards

  • Y-2006 Bell Labs Fellow
  • Bell Labs teamwork award presented to the 25 Tb/s Transmission Team