PHOTONIC SYSTEMS LABORATORY

This 2,000sf facility is a telecom-class space supporting a one-of-a-kind, high-capacity testbed with unique capabilities that are presently not matched by any comparable facility in the U.S. or elsewhere:

  • Nanometer-scale fiber mapping, capable of measuring molecular-scale radial fluctuations;
  • Mixer construction capable of 20 THz-wide operation; and
  • Real-time Tbps signal generation, transmission and distribution.

The lab was seeded by a Bell Labs equipment donation in 2004 and subsequent industry gifts from Cisco Systems, Sumitomo, Sun Microsystems and IBM. The Laboratory was the first to establish true, all-optical Terabit-scale signal processing capabilities, and it has unique set of technologies that include the ability to measure and alter fiber geometry with molecular-scale precision. The Laboratory core is formed by five independent BERT clusters, two re-circulating loops, 2,000km of fiber plant and accompanied by EDFA/Raman amplification nodes. The Laboratory possesses the only set of C/L terahertz oscilloscopes in a university setting and a 50 Gbps BERT cluster. A true MHz-scale optical spectrum analyzer is complemented by five high-speed oscilloscope systems with up to 80GHz bandwidth. The laboratory’s specialty is ultrafast signal processing that includes a genuine 640 GHz capability to generate, diagnose and process at that rate. It operates the most advanced parametric testbeds, capable of ultra-fast signal processing, band conversion and quantum-limited amplification. Work in the lab supports microlidar research and inaccessible bands by leveraging telecom-band equipment for sensing, imaging and signal processing.

Director: Professor Stojan Radic, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Contact: Nikola Alic, Lab Manager | Email | (858) 534-0722
Recharge rate: Lab usage is available on an hourly basis at $199/hr internal ($289/hr external)
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