Add to Calendar Europe/London DD/MM/YYYY 27/10/2014 18:3027/10/2014 19:30Clifford Paterson lecture - Communicating with lightThe Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG

Some of the greatest scientific and technological successes of the past 50 years are in communications. Most of the data we generate and receive (emails, tweets, videos or mobile calls) are now carried by optical fibres, which use light to transmit vast quantities of information over transoceanic distances. 

But is there a limit to the data capacity of an optical fibre communication channel? Professor Polina 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.

Polina Bayvel FREng is Professor of Optical Communications and Networks, and Head of the Optical Networks Group (ONG) at University College London. ONG, which she founded, was the first academic research group undertaking systems engineering research in optical communication systems and networks, and is now a world-leading research laboratory. She was awarded the 2014 Clifford Paterson Lecture for her fundamental research in high bandwidth digital communications and nonlinear optics.

The Royal Society's Clifford Paterson Lecture is given biennially on any aspect of engineering. It is aimed at scientists working in modern and popular fields such as new media technologies and consumer electronics.

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