Revolutionizing fibre-wireless communications through space-division multiplexed photonics (InnoSpace)


European Research Council (ERC) - Consolidator Grant


2017 - 2023

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  Ivana Gasulla Mestre

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Photonics Research Labs (PRL)

InnoSpace aims to revolutionize next generation fiber-wireless communication paradigms, such as 5G systems and Internet of Things, by pioneering the use of the photonic Space dimension. The present fiber-wireless landscape is characterized by radio-over-fiber distribution architectures that are static and inefficient, (with a replication of bundles of optical fibers) as well as by radiofrequency signal processing systems, such as antenna beam-steering or signal generation, which are nowadays bulky, heavy and power consuming. To overcome these limitations, we propose the application of Space-Division multiplexing to fiber-wireless scenarios where we provide “simultaneously” in a single optical fiber, a compact approach for both distribution and processing functionalities. This leads to the novel concept of “fiber distributed signal processing”.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 724663

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