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EPSRC Reference: EP/D037026/1
Title: Photonic Enabled Data Transport from Millimetric to Megametric Scales
Principal Investigator: Seeds, Professor AJ
Other Investigators:
Mitchell, Professor JE Day, Dr SE Selviah, Dr D
Liu, Dr C Renaud, Professor C Pantouvaki, Dr MI
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Department: Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Organisation: UCL
Scheme: Platform Grants (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 December 2005 Ends: 31 May 2011 Value (£): 433,224
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Optical Communications
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Electronics Communications
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Photonics is a pervasive industry, it is the enabler for the vast majority of communications beyond the local telephone exchange, it is the means for information display, it is one of the primary means of bulk data storage through the CD and DVD. During the .com boom investment was concentrated on long-haul optical communications infrastructure. The effect of the .com bust has been a choking off of such expenditure together with a search for much lower cost solutions than were previously accepted. There is also strong growth in demand for broadband access with wireless, digital subscriber line (DSL) and cable modem techniques all showing strong market growth. It is recognised that DSL and cable modem access will not provide long-term access solutions due to their limited range and information carrying capacity, however optical fibre technology needs to be much simpler and cheaper to be able to replace these copper cable-based technologies. At the same time the increasing processing capacity of silicon-based electronics is leading to requirements for data transfer over short distances at rates not easily accommodated by copper data bus architectures. We therefore propose to use Platform Grant funding to re-focus our work onto the use of photonics to enable low cost data transport over distance scales from the millimetric to the megametric, including photonically enabled wireless and THz technologies. The cost imperative will drive the creation of novel system, sub-system and device concepts.
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