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EPSRC Reference: GR/M98784/01
Principal Investigator: White, Professor I
Other Investigators:
Railton, Professor CJ Williams, Dr K Rorison, Professor J
Penty, Professor R
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Department: Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Organisation: University of Bristol
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 January 2000 Ends: 30 September 2003 Value (£): 1,041,789
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Optical Communications
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Communications Electronics
No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
Related Grants:
GR/M98906/01 GR/M98883/01 GR/M98852/01 GR/M98890/01
GR/M98876/01 GR/M98869/01
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Summary on Grant Application Form
This collaborative project aims to devise new devices, sub-systems and system strategies for data-communication networks with transmission capacities, which hitherto have solely been considered for high performance long-haul telecommunication systems. the challenges involved are considerable as the low cost requirements placed on these systems lead to the need for uncooled operation of components operating over a range of fibre types which may not be optimum for high performance transmission.At the systems level, architectures will be developed which start to use advanced modulation and optical multiplexing techniques. The networks will demonstrate the advantages of deploying a combination of wavelength diverse techniques and other transmission strategies, representing a significant evolution from recent approaches.To achieve these systems, compact, robust, uncooled optical transceivers will be developed operating at throughput bit rates in excess of 160Gbit/s in the short to medium term and in excess of 1 Tb/s in the longer term. these will include wavelength agility for advanced network implementation. The research will involve a range of materials systems (including new semiconductors, glasses and polymers) and components (new edge and surface emitting laser structures and multiplexing/routing components). The work will be underpinned by a substantial modelling activity.
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