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The Photonics Systems Group (PSG) at the Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork (UCC) is headed by Prof David Cotter, and currently comprises in excess of 25 members, including 6 members of staff. The PSG has an established track record for world leading research in the fields of high-capacity transmission, optical access networks and all optical signal processing. Facilities include 43 Gbit/s transmission test-bed, equipped for in excess of 56 channels at 43 Gbit/s recently used for multi terabit transmission demonstrations at high information spectral density, Coherent WDM system recently used to demonstrate 300 Gbit/s single wavelength transmission over 1200km, optical access test-bed, equipped for 32 channel 12.5 Gbit/s bi-directional operation recently used to demonstrate over 512 user access with 100km range and pico second real-time time-resolved spectroscopy equipment recently used to develop TURBO-switching allowing high efficiency wavelength conversion at 160 Gbit/s. The PSG has been involved in a number of successful national and European scientific projects relevant to EURO-FOS, including nationally funded projects (PSR-II, AFTL), and FP6 projects (TRIUMPH, PIEMAN, WISOM).

Personnel involved in EURO-FOS

Andrew Ellis graduated with a BSc in Physics with a minor in mathematics (first class honors) from the University of Sussex in 1987. He then joined the Submarine Systems Section of British Telecom laboratories at Martlesham Heath, Ipswich, where he investigated optical transmission systems based on optical amplifiers, non-linear effects in optical communication systems and novel transmission formats. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Aston University in 1997 for his work on OTDM based optical networks. Upon joining Corning research Centre in 2000, he led the development and maintenance of a state of the art component characterisation facility. From 2003 has been a Principal Investigator in the newly created Photonic Systems group at Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, leading projects in high capacity optical transmission systems, optical regeneration, and components for optical networks. He has published over 150 journal and conference papers, 17 patents, and is a Chartered Physicist.

Paul Townsend is a SFI Principal Investigator and UCC Senior Research Fellow in the Photonic Systems Group, where he leads the Access Networks and Quantum Communications research. He was previously project manager for Access & Metro Network Applications Research at the Corning Research Centre and project manager of BT’s ‘future optics’ research project on quantum communications and digital optical processing. Before joining BT he held a joint position as postdoctoral research fellow at Bellcore and St John’s College Cambridge working on all-optical switching in organic materials. He holds a B.Sc from the University of East Anglia (UK) and a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, and is a Chartered Physicist, Fellow of the Institute of Physics and an Honorary Professor at Heriot-Watt University. He has authored around 100 journal and conference papers and has 13 patent applications. He has previously acted as workpackage leader in the EU collaborative projects QUINTEC, EQUIS and PIEMAN.

David Cotter is SFI Research Professor in the Department of Physics, University College Cork, Ireland and the Tyndall National Institute, where he leads the Photonic Systems Group. He was previously Head of Optical Systems Research at Corning Research Centre, UK (2000-2003), and formerly Head of Photonic Systems Group, British Telecom Laboratories, UK. He was at BT (Adastral Park, near Ipswich, Suffolk) from 1980-2000, and during 1992-2000 he was project manager of BT’s research on high-speed optical networks, optical switching and signal processing. He holds B.Sc, Ph.D. and D.Sc. degrees from University of Southampton, UK, and is a Chartered Physicist, Chartered Engineer, and Fellow of the Institute of Physics. He is also a Visiting Professor in the Department of Physics, Imperial College London.

R.J. Manning is a SFI Principal Investigator and UCC Senior Research Fellow in the Photonic Systems Group, at the Tyndall National Institute, where he leads the Optical Processing research. Previously, he was a senior researcher at the Corning Research Centre, Martlesham, Ipswich, where he continued the development of all-optical switching devices based upon semiconductor optical amplifiers, which had begun during his employment at BT Research Laboratories. This led to the realisation of a hybridly integrated 40 Gbit/s all-optical regenerator and a 40 Gbit/s all-optical XOR gate. He holds a BSc in Physics (first class honours) and a PhD in Laser Physics, both from Imperial College, London. Dr Manning has published over 130 journal and conference papers.

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