Major Accomplishments of KIST Over Its 40-Year History. Since its foundation over 40 years ago, KIST has remained faithful to its role as a comprehensive research institute supporting Korea's interests and has made active contributions to the growth of the nation's industrial base through advancements in science and technology. A review of its major accomplishments through the years offer a peek into the most significant events in its history.

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Project Name Development of optical fiber for optical communication
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The technology of optical communication is the cornerstone of today’s Internet world and Korea is regarded as one of the world’s biggest Internet powers. It all started in the 1970s when a KIST research team (led by Sang Sam CHOI) developed optical fiber. Based on this discovery, KIST founded the Korean Corporation of Optical Communication along with Geumseong Cable (currently LS Cable) and Taihan Electric Wire and manufactured optical fiber products. Recognized for its special characteristics and high quality worldwide, its optical fiber products dominate the global market next to the U. S. and Japan. The Optical Fiber Team at KIST (led by Sang Sam CHOI and Sang Bae LEE) has taken the lead in researching and developing state-of-the-art optical technology based on its polarization-maintaining optical fiber, optical amplification optical fiber, optical fiber grating device and sensor, and photonic crystal optical fiber.

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