Academy awards UCL's Optical Networks Group

Written by: Tom Austin-Morgan | Published:
Dr Robert Maher, Dr Benn Thomsen, Professor Polina Bayvel and Dr Robert Killey

Six members of the Optical Network Group (ONG) at University College London are to be awarded the 2015 Royal Academy of Engineering's Colin Campbell Mitchell Award for their contributions to optical communications technology. They will receive the award at the Academy's Awards Dinner in London on 16 July.

The ONG has made revolutionary strides towards maximising the capacity of fibre optic communication networks, a vital component of successfully transmitting ever-increasing quantities of information over both long and short-distances.

The ONG is said to be the first academic research group to undertake systems engineering research in multi-wavelength, high-capacity optical communications systems and networks. Led by Polina Bayvel FREng, professor of Optical Communications and Networks, the members of the ONG team receiving the award are Dr Lidia Galdino, Dr Robert Killey, Dr Robert Maher, Dr Seb Savory and Dr Benn Thomsen.

Prof Bayvel said, "On behalf of the Optical Network Group, I would like to express our deep gratitude to the Academy for this award and the recognition of our work.

"We look forward to continuing our work on new techniques to maximise the capacity of the critical optical network infrastructure, to enable new services that will benefit people's lives and the economy.

The team's research is claimed to have provided a foundation for all terabit/s long-haul transmission systems. The group developed and demonstrated techniques to overcome optical fibre nonlinearity limits, doubling the distance over which data can travel error-free over transoceanic transmission distances.

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