The generation, manipulation, and detection of optical signals carrying information by signal phase (or amplitude + phase) lies at the core of our research.
- In recent years, there have been significant developments in lightwave technologies enabling wide exploitation of optical phase, as exemplified in particular by the dawn of Coherent Optical Communications - the key enabler for the growth in the capacity of the Internet. This is due to many key breakthroughs in laser technology (low-noise low-cost and compact lasers), new revolutionary concepts that have recently been introduced (e.g., the Optical Frequency Comb, the significance of which was demonstrated by the award of a Nobel Prize in 2005), and significant advances in electronics that, thanks to the increased speeds now possible, can accommodate the processing of very complicated coherent (amplitude + phase) signals.
- Another exciting field is Hollow Core Optical fibres, which guides ligth in a central hole surrounded by a microstructure that prevents light escaping from the core. Although known for over 20 years, only very recently their fabrication enabled them to use their full potential.
John R. Hayes,
Francesco Poletti,, 2022 , IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology , 40 (16) , 1--1
Thomas W. Hawkins,
Ursula J. Gibson,
John E. Sipe,
& Anna Peacock, 2022
Francesco Poletti,, 2022 , IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology
& Gavin Sutton, 2022 , International Journal of Thermophysics , 43 (4)
Low loss and broadband low back-reflection interconnection between a hollow-core and standard single-mode fiber
Matěj Komanec,, 2022 , Optics Express
Thomas D. Bradley,
Jérôme Genest,, 2022 , Physical Review A , 106 (2)
& Francesco Poletti, 2021 , APL Photonics , 6 (9)
- Fellow of OSA (2017)
- Thermally-insensitive Hollow Core Optical Fibres (2018)