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Rainbows on Demand (ARC DP19)
This project aims to create photonic circuit technologies that will generate hundreds of coherent laser lines from a single chip. The emerging industrially scalable silicon nitride on thin-film lithium niobate platform will be advanced to create resonant modulators and nonlinear waveguides with unprecedented efficiency and innovative monitoring and control techniques. When combined, these components will enable highly flexible and robust systems for generating a comb of coherent laser lines. These photonic chip comb sources will be inexpensive, compact and energy efficient with transformative impact in spectroscopy, microscopy, precision measurement, quantum computing and ultra-fast optical fibre communications.

Needle in a Haystack: Brillouin processing (ARC DP19)
The project aims to apply Brillouin processing to the development of an innovative self-tracking optical filter for isolating optical carriers in the coherent receiver of future ultrahigh bit-rate optical communication systems. By recovering a needle-like optical carrier with great precision from a drifting sea of wide-band noise and data channels, the project expects to minimise the effect of optical carrier distortions on the data-carrying signals. The project should advance knowledge in optical signal processing and communications technologies, with outcomes that increase the data-carrying capacity of optical networks. Future telecommunication networks should benefit through improved transmission rates and extended fibre links.


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Bill is a Lecturer at Monash University (Melbourne, Australia), with research focusing on optical communications and the application of photonics to communication systems.

Bill had his PhD conferred in Physics at the University of Sydney in 2011, focused on light-by-light control on photonic chips (enhanced optical nonlinearities in silicon waveguides), and it's applications to fibre optic systems. From 2011 to 2013 he held a post-doctoral position at Chalmers University of Technology (Gothenburg, Seeden) ) on a novel type of optical amplifier (phase-sensitive fibre optic parametric amplification), and the use of their unique properties in optical communications.

In 2014, he joined Monash as a project leader the Terabit-per-second Systems flagship of ARC Centre for Ultrahigh Bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS), focused on processing high-capacity optical 'super-channels'. In 2015, he joined the faculty as part of the department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering at Monash, and began establishing the Monash Photonic Communications Laboratory.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Research area keywords

  • Applied Physics
  • Communication Systems
  • Electro-optical Technology
  • Electronic/Optical Materials
  • Fiber Optics
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Lasers
  • Optical Communications
  • Optics
  • Photonics
  • Physical Sciences
  • Signal processing
  • Telecommunications

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