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EPSRC Reference: GR/N14040/01
Title: ULTRAFAST PHOTONICS FOR DATACOMMS ABOVE TERABITS SPEEDS - UPDATES
Principal Investigator: Sibbett, Professor W
Other Investigators:
Jones, Professor TS De La Rue, Honorary Professor R White, Professor I
Rorison, Professor J Richardson, Professor N Khrushchev, Dr I
Samuel, Professor I Miller, Professor A Krauss, Professor T
Pendry, Sir JB Penty, Professor R Bradley, Professor DDC
Parry, Professor G Rumbles, Professor G Reid, Professor D
Galbraith, Professor I Krushchev, Dr I
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Cisco GEC Hewlett Packard
JDS Uniphase Corp Nortel Sharp Laboratories of Europe Ltd
Vitesse Semiconductor Corporat
Department: Physics and Astronomy
Organisation: University of St Andrews
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 July 2000 Ends: 31 December 2000 Value (£): 11,609,811
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Optical Communications Optical Devices & Subsystems
Optoelect. Devices & Circuits
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Communications No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
Related Grants:
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The underlying theme of this programme is the hybridisation and exploitation of dense-wavelength and time-division multiplexing where femtosecond laser pulses provide large spectral bandwidth and the necessary optical digits. It is thus logical to describe the principal components of the project in terms of (i) signal generation and regeneration, (ii) ultrafast routing and switching, and (iii) subsystem/system concepts. By placing emphasis on novel materials, devices and system designs we will seek to exploit a range of challenging and cutting edge research that includes the topics of quantum dots, spintronics, photonic bandgaps and light emitting organic materials. The IRC proposal is intended to break the mould of incremental developments and advance a brand of revolutionary scientific and technical thinking that has the potential to lead to a new generation of datacomms technologies up to 100Tbit/s. From within this vision of the future we believe that we have configured a programme of research which will combine originality and flair with feasibility and a potential for both practically and cost effectiveness. The research described here is therefore intended to be adventurous and blue sky with the exception in mind that subsequent technologies will be developed on a ten year time scale or so.
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