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THz Photonics: Leading Optical Communications to the Next Level

Sep 2016

We live in a world of unending connection. The internet and wireless communications are commonplace, although ever-evolving. And as consumers are always looking for faster connection speeds, less restricted bandwidth and higher data rates, research and industry innovators are breaking new ground in optical communications to keep pace with demand.

Justine MurphyIn “THz Photonics: Delivering Fiber Data Rates on Radio Channels” (read article), Guillaume Ducournau, an assistant professor at the Institute of Electronics, Microelectronics and Nanotechnology at Lille University of Science and Technology, explores advances made in optical networks, and also takes a look ahead. He notes that over the past decade, optical data rates have reached several hundred Gbps in standard configurations of advanced signal encoding.

Devices such as those based in THz photonics are among an anticipated new gamut of resources set to revolutionize communications networks, Ducournau says. In fact, a 2013 report by Tematys — a market research firm covering the fields of optics, photonics, sensors and materials engineering — forecasts the terahertz technology market growing from €34 million (about $37.8 million) in 2012 to €350 million (about $388.5 million) by 2022. So stay tuned, industry experts say, because higher bandwidth, connection speeds and data rates, thanks to advancing optics technologies, are on the horizon.

Also in this issue:

Markus Fabich of Olympus Europa SE & Co. shares his expertise and work on quantitative image analysis. Light microscopy applications require very clear, accurate quantification, making optimum contrast and digital filter method selections crucial (read article).

Nanoco Technologies’ James Harris and David Webb dive into the world of quantum dots, specifically in relation to optimizing LED performance. QDs are versatile, they say, and pairing them with LEDs could offer huge benefits for the lighting industry (read article).

And in this month’s EPIC Insights, Jose Pozo of the European Photonics Industry Consortium discusses how laser materials processing has evolved beyond surface treatment, removal, marking and welding, and is shaped by advances in additive materials deposition and annealing (read article).

Enjoy the issue!

optical communications
The transmission and reception of information by optical devices and sensors.
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