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Optical Networking & Sensing

From the Internet backbone to the home, optics and photonics form the foundation of modern ICT infrastructure.

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From the Internet backbone to the home, optics and photonics form the foundation of modern ICT infrastructure.  In the optical networking and sensing department, we are leading world-class research into the next-generation of optical networks and sensing systems that will power ICT-based social solutions for years to come.  From forward-looking theoretical studies, to cutting edge experiments, to world- and industry- first technology field trials, we deliver globally recognized innovation that looks into the future and translates it into present reality.

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Featured Research Projects

Agile DSP-Based Optical Transmission Systems

With exponential traffic growth projected from mobile and cloud applications, optical networks powering the Internet backbone will require orders-of-magnitude transmission capacity gains. At the core of our innovation in this area are agile digital signal processing (DSP)-based approaches, including digital Nyquist spectral shaping, DSP-based nonlinearity compensation and advanced soft-decision forward error correction (FEC) that optimize spectrum utilization, maximize transmission reach and pr…

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Multidimensional Optical Processing

After setting the standing 100Tb/s world record for the transmission capacity of a single-mode optical fiber deployed in current networks, we are now leading a forward-looking investigation of the transmission-capacity potential of multidimensional optical processing and coded modulation in space division multiplexed (SDM) optical transmission systems, wherein different spatial modes in a single fiber can be used as parallel data channels to increase aggregate transmission capacity. By employin…

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Optics & Photonics for Social ICT

The high-speed, high-precision, energy-efficient nature of optics and photonics makes it ideally suited for next-generation ICT-based social solutions that drive societal well-being and efficiency. With our world-leading academic partners, we are investigating state-of-the-art optics and photonics for social value innovations, including safety and security solutions and environmental sensing.

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