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Optoelectronics & Communications

Fiber research center established at Chalmers

SPIE Newsroom 
4 May 2010

Sweden's Chalmers University of Technology will formally open its new Fibre Optic Communications Research Centre this month, bringing added strength to research into fiber systems.

"This cooperation extends across traditional disciplinary boundaries and covers the whole chain, from component to system, and from experiment to analysis," said Prof. Peter Andrekson, head of the center. He said the group consists of about 25 researchers, including four professors.

The core of the centre, which is based at the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience, comprises research groups from the Photonics Laboratory, and from the Communication Systems and Information Theory Division at the Department of Signals and Systems. The team will work on both relatively short-term, industry-oriented research, and on more long-term research of a fundamental nature.

"We have ongoing collaboration with Swedish and international industry, as well as academic collaboration globally, both within EU projects and with outside partners," Andrekson said. Partners he named include Ericsson, OFS Fitel Denmark, the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton, and the University of California, San Diego.

"As we already have a critical mass of excellent researchers, the main priority is not to grow significantly but to strive for highest quality in what we do," said Andrekson. "I view it important to have a mix of projects that cover different time horizons to potential applications, i.e., both industry-oriented and academic research."

Andrekson cited examples of the center's industry-relevant projects:

  • Advanced optical modulation techniques for high spectral efficiency and high capacity transmission (this is considered highly industry relevant)
  • Fabrication of high bandwidth VCSELs for optical interconnects (this is considered highly industry relevant)

And an example of long-term basic research:

  • Phase-sensitive fiber-optic parametric amplifiers and their applications (this is considered more long-term basic research)

The official inauguration of the centre takes place May 27.

Website: Fibre Optic Research Communications Centre, FORCE