The Exciting World of Photonics
Photonics has revolutionized the world of telecommunications the past decades. Since the invention of the laser, photonic technology and optical fiber communications have enabled the design and development of ultra-high capacity broadband networks and ultimately shaped the Internet as it is today. Optical fiber cables made the interconnection of countries, cities and more recently individual homes a reality. Lightweight and smaller than a human hair, optical fibers were and will remain the ultimate enabling technology for delivering exciting new applications of voice, video and data. Research on photonics in telecommunications is more active than ever with researchers now focusing on the development of new, faster, greener and cheaper photonic components and systems for the design and deployment of next generation Terabit capacity core and Gigabit-speed access networks. Read more in Wikipedia article on "Photonics"
EURO-FOS Network: Integrating Europe's Expertise on Photonic Subsystems
EURO-FOS Network of Excellence was funded by the European Commission and comprises seventeen (17) European academic research groups specializing in the design and development of photonic systems applicable to telecommunications.
The project finished on 30 April 2012 and has created a powerful Pan-European network on photonic subsystems by clustering European academic systems groups with proven track record in the design, development and evaluation of photonic subsystems applicable to high-capacity broadband optical networks.
The Network was organised in four (4) Centres of Excellence, which addressed research challenges within the area of photonic sub-systems and systems. The specific area is the interface between network-level research and device-level physics and the related challenges were tackled through the execution of Joint Experimental Activities (JEAs) on specific Research Topics (RTs) defined and updated on a continuous basis during the contractual lifetime of EURO-FOS network. These research topics covered a broad domain ranging from research on device-level physics to new architectures at the network-level. In addition, EURO-FOS created an academic pan-European laboratory for sharing access to expensive infrastructure creating synergy and economies of scale in the development and testing of photonics.
The excellent work resulted in more than 400 publications and 11 filed patents as outcome of joint research work among partners, with around 140 of them being in collaboration with industry, more than 1600 students from several universities and high schools attended targeted seminars and lectures on photonics technologies and their applications. There were 37 events organized in fairs, media and high schools and at least 40 PhD researchers have benefited in their work with research mobilities and joint experiments. The project also hosted 4 booths at important international exhibitions (3 in ECOC and 1 in OFC) showcasing prototypes and recent results. On the website, you can find EURO-FOS news and events, 55 application notes on topics covering system evaluation, experimental set-ups, advance measurements and software solutions, 6 vision papers, 16 tutorial presentations and posters gathered from training events.
Even though the project's contract has formally concluded, the networking activity between the participating institutions as well as the EURO-FOSlab for the reservation and exchange of optical components, remains in effect.