Photonic communication networks seek for novel and disruptive concepts that boost their capacity and efficiency. As an enabler for such, coherent communications exploits the best quiver of opto-electronic component technology, analogue or digital signal processing, and novel receiver architectures in order to beat legacy direct-detection solutions. Under the umbrella of this evolution, coherent technology is evading shorter and shorter links and finds itself in an environment where stringent requirements in terms of cost and energy apply.
The topic of coherent optical communication seeks contributions for short-reach applications and includes, but is not necessarily limited to:
This topic focuses on photonic-enhanced signal reconstruction and photonic-assisted information processing.
It wants to gather researchers working on different technological levels from theory, component to implementation and across different applications together to learn state of the art, exchange ideas and inspire potential collaborations across different disciplines.
Following fields will be covered in the topic:
SIMP topical meeting aims at bringing together photonics engineers, material scientists, physicists and technology experts to present and discuss the recent developments in mid-IR integrated photonics and to evaluate their potential impact on future application needs. The symposium is also an active platform to highlight and discuss the latest progress in the emerging area of (Si)GeSn semiconductors including fundamental studies of their basic properties as well as new device designs for their integration in silicon-compatible mid-infrared photonics and optoelectronics.
Space division multiplexing (SDM) in multi-mode and multi-core fibers has been a major topic in optical communications since the beginning of the present decade. SDM research aims at exploiting spatial diversity in optical transceivers, fibers, amplifiers, routers etc. to increase the per-link transmission capacity while reducing cost, complexity, and eventually energy consumption. Research on SDM has been fueled worldwide by numerous multi-national research projects in the USA, Europe, Japan and China, and is further making its way towards field deployment, e.g. in a recently announced submarine cable installment, where SDM amplification solutions have been employed, while standardization of certain SDM fibers is now actively discussed with a strong industry interest.
This topic intends to gather the key players in SDM research from around the world to establish an overview of the state of the art of current research regarding devices, fibers and systems. Secondly, we aim to stimulate an open discussion on the challenges and opportunities envisaged in the devising of massive parallel transmission systems that are necessary in response to the ever-increasing demand for data traffic. Finally, we plan to explore applications of SDM technologies and devices in optics-related research areas that are not necessarily connected to fiber-optic communications.
The meeting will focus on the following topics:
*This topic was co-organized by the Technical Committee on Extremely Advanced Optical Transmission Technologies (EXAT)
In this topic we will bring together a broad spectrum of researchers from many different disciplines that investigate and utilise the interactions of various forms of structured and shaped optical fields with material and the environment. We wish to engage with researchers that are not typically within the same community to discuss their research and inspire new cross-disciplinary collaborations.
Research talks will be from across the themes:
We invite leading researchers from industry, government research facilities and academia to contribute to the conference and we envisage this conference will act to accelerate the progress of this emerging hot topic in photonics.