Institute of Communications and Connected Systems


UNLOC: UNLocking the Capacity of Optical Communications

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Two researchers in front of a rack of experimental equipment with optical fibres

1 May 2012

Unlocking the capacity of optical communications through the development of new theoretical and experimental approaches.

Funder EPSRC
Amount £ 4 803 336

Project website http://www.unloc.net

Research theme logos - Intelligent High Capacity Networks
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UNLOC is a UK research programme focused on unlocking the capacity of optical communications. It is a £4.8 million five-year collaborative project between the Optical Networks Group at UCLAston Institute of Photonic Technologies at Aston Universityand multiple industry partners. Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), our team's mission is to unlock the capacity of optical communication systems.

Research within UNLOC focuses on developing new theoretical and experimental approaches to increase the capacity of optical fibre transmission technologies, which support and transform our economy, science, education, healthcare, transport and almost every other aspect of modern life.

Combining techniques from information theory, coding, advanced modulation formats, digital signal processing and advanced photonics, we develop breakthrough techniques to ensure that the underlying communications infrastructure can continue to meet the growing demand for faster and more reliable global networks.