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Clifford Paterson Lecture: Communicating with light

Professor Bayvel will describe the challenges and limits of communicating with light and the advances in optical and digital signal processing to maximise optical network capacity.


Some of the greatest scientific and technological successes of the past 50 years are in the area of communications. Most of the data we generate and receive (whether emails, tweets, videos or mobile calls) are now carried by optical fibres, which use light to transmit vast quantities of information over trans-oceanic distances. The use of hundreds of wavelengths (colours of light), over, a single fibre, as well as other properties of light: its amplitude, phase and polarization, have led to increases of many orders of magnitude in the optical information carrying capacity. This sparked the communication revolution and the growth of the Internet, and created an illusion of infinite capacity being available. But as the amounts of data increase, is there a limit to the capacity of an optical fibre communication channel? Professor Bayvel will describe the challenges and limits of communicating with light and the advances in optical and digital signal processing to maximise optical network capacity.


Speaker(s):

Professor Polina Bayvel | talks | www

 

Date and Time:

27 October 2014 at 6:30 pm

Duration:

1 hour

 

Venue:

The Royal Society
6-9 Carlton House Terrace
London
SW1Y 5AG
+44 20 74 51 2500
http://www.royalsociety.org

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Tickets:

Free

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Additional Information:

This event is free to attend and open to all. No tickets are required. Doors open at 6pm and seats will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

For further information, please visit https://royalsociety.org/events/2014/10/clifford-paterson/

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