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Improving the flow of the fibre optic freeway

Posted March 25, 2013

Monash University researchers have played a pivotal role in the invention of an energy-efficient method of increasing the data capacity of optical networks to the point where all of the world’s internet traffic could travel on a single fiber.

The breakthrough uses commercial components manufactured in Australia to optimize the efficiency of the existing optical fibre networks that connect towns and cities. It could dramatically boost the overall performance of networks like the National Broadband Network (NBN) while reducing costs. Professor Arthur Lowery and Dr Liang Du of the Monash Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering collaborated with Jochen Schroeder, Joel Carpenter and Ben Eggleton at the University of Sydney, through the Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh Bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS). Their findings were presented at the world’s largest optical communications conference, Optical Fiber Communications (OFC), in California late last week. So significant was the breakthrough that OFC accepted the submission after the deadline for presentations had closed.

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