Technical Scope

SC Topics

1) Fibres, Fibre Devices and Fibre Amplifiers

  • Optical fibre design, fabrication and characterisation
  • Physics of light propagation in optical fibres
  • Fibre amplifiers and fibre lasers
  • Fibre based devices for telecommunication, sensing and other applications
  • Highly nonlinear fibres and their applications for nonlinear optical signal processing
  • Specialty optical fibres for improved linear and/or nonlinear transmission performance
  • Low-latency fibres and fibres for new wavelength ranges

2) Integrated Optoelectronic Devices and Optical Processors

  • Design, fabrication and characterisation of devices and components
  • Novel integrated devices and functionalities
  • Integrated light sources, directly modulated lasers and VCSELs in bulk, quantum well, quantum dot or other materials
  • Integrated III-V, including InP and GaAs, data modulators, detectors, amplifiers and switches
  • Silicon and hybrid III-V/silicon photonics for data modulation, detection, amplification, switching and interconnecting
  • Packaging of advanced novel devices, testing of performance and reliability
  • Novel material platforms and structured materials such as photonic crystals, plasmonics, graphene a.o.
  • Integrated nonlinear waveguides on various material platforms for optical signal processing

3) Digital Techniques for Optical Communication Systems

  • Modelling, design, and implementation of digital signal processing for long-haul, to medium- and short-range optical communication systems
  • Novel digital signal processing algorithms for optical transmitters and receivers, and DSP algorithms with reduced complexity
  • Novel error correction coding, advanced data encoding and signal shaping for optical communication links
  • Schemes for impairment mitigation, increased spectral efficiency and mutual information, including nonlinear Fourier transformation and digital back-propagation

4) Transmission Subsystems and Optical Network Elements

  • Modelling, design, implementation and test of optical, optoelectronic, or electrical (incl. DAC/ADC) subsystems
  • Line terminals, optical transmitter and receiver subsystems for advanced modulation formats and increased speed and/or capacity
  • Multiplexing and demultiplexing subsystems for advanced and/or spectrally efficient data formats including DMT, OFDM, OCDMA and Nyquist-WDM
  • Optical performance monitoring techniques and subsystems
  • Subsystems for network functionalities, including e.g. wavelength-selective switching, add-drop multiplexing, optical switching, optical packet routing, system-on-a-chip (SoC) and on-chip networks
  • Analog signal processing subsystems and novel schemes of nonlinear optical signal processing for subsystem-functionalities

5) Datacom and Computercom Hardware

  • Deployable technology, like real-time online processing systems and low-cost solutions, including novel packaging of integrated optics and parallel transceivers, and Si photonic low-cost solutions
  • Demonstrations, network deployments and field trials using novel architectures and/or novel switching schemes and technologies, including SDN over WDM, TDM, SDM optical switching and/or hybrid electronic/optical or all-electronic switching
  • Data centre and HPCS (High Performance Computing System) specific hardware, including VCSEL based parallel links with advanced modulation, hybrid integrated electronic/optical engines for broadband interconnecting and WDM/CWDM interconnects
  • Demonstrations using novel network devices, including nanophotonic high-density components for on-chip networks, as well as integrated spatial multiplexers for high-density parallelism, novel interconnects and transceivers

6) Point-to-Point Transmission Links

  • Transmission system modelling
  • Lab and field implementation of optical fibre transmission links
  • Lab and field implementation of free-space optical and THz wireless transmission links.
  • Satellite communication links
  • Transmission system level implications of physical impairments and impairment mitigation techniques
  • Capacity, reach, flexibility of optical transmission systems and solutions to overcome the current limitations
  • Demonstrations of combined novel fibres, devices, subsystems and multiplexing techniques in transmission experiments
  • Quantum communication systems

7) Core, Metro, and Data Centre Networks

  • Networking aspects of architecture, planning and scaling of broadband optical transport for optical circuit- and packet-switched core, metro and data centre networks, including cost and energy considerations
  • Control, orchestration, and management functions, as well as integration with higher layer network services
  • Network deployments and field trials
  • Architecture, planning and scaling of optical transport for inter- and intra-data centre and HPCS networks
  • Network management, control plane design and orchestration of data centres and HPCS for photonic and hybrid photonic/electronic interconnects
  • Energy, scalability, latency considerations for data centre and HPCS networks

8) Access, Local Area and Indoor Networks

  • Photonics for 5G technologies
  • Photonics for Cloud services
  • Fibre-to-the-premises (FTTx)
  • Passive optical access networks
  • In-building optical networks
  • Radio-over-fibre systems
  • Optical free-space communication systems
  • Hybrid wireless/optical free-space network solutions