Lightwave Communications Systems Research
Project Award Date: 01-31-1996
Advances in high speed electronics and lightwave devices offer the potential for significant efficiency improvements in long distance communications. However, how to construct systems that provide reliable advanced communications services using these evolving devices is an open issue. The purpose of this research is to identify and investigate those issues that are necessary to integrate high-speed electronics and lightwave devices into efficient and robust systems to support leading edge services. The focus will be on how to migrate from the existing network to a system more heavily dependent upon lightwave elements. This research will address fully utilizing the capability offered by optical communications by using techniques such as wave length-division-multiplexing (WDM), soliton, and coherent modulation, which are viable approaches to utilizing the 25,000 GHz bandwidth of a single optical fiber.
Faculty Investigator(s): Kenneth Demarest (PI), Joseph Evans, Victor Frost, Rongqing Hui, Gary Minden, Christopher Allen
Student Investigator(s): Sen Zhang, Hans Harmon, Pradeep Kondamuri, Chidambaram Pavanasam, Minnan Fei
Primary Sponsor(s): Sprint Corporation, National Science Foundation, Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation, and Lucent Technologies, Inc.