Creating and sharing knowledge for telecommunications

Seeing earthquakes and distributing entanglement on the international telecoms network

on 17-07-2018

... André Xuereb, University of Malta

Date & Time: Thursday, July 17, 15:00
Location: Room P9, Mathematics Building, Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon


Detecting ocean-floor seismic activity is crucial for our understanding of the interior structure and dynamic behaviour of the Earth. However, 70% of the planet’s surface is covered by water and seismometers coverage is limited to a handful of permanent ocean bottom stations.

In the first part of this talk I discuss our recent results [1], where we showed that existing telecommunication optical fibre cables can detect seismic events when combined with state-of-the-art frequency metrology techniques by using the fibre itself as the sensing element. We detected earthquakes over terrestrial and submarine links with length ranging from 75 to 535 km and a geographical distance from the earthquake's epicentre ranging from 25 to 18,500 km. Implementing a global seismic network for real-time detection of underwater earthquakes requires applying the proposed technique to the existing extensive submarine optical fibre network.

In the second part of the talk I will discuss briefly how we distributed entanglement between Malta and Sicily [2] over the telecommunications network using polarisation-entangled photon pairs.

[2] More Information..

15th International Conference on Wireless Communications Systems - ISWCS 2018

on 28-08-2018

... ISWCS 2018, Lisbon, Portugal, 28-31 August
Technically Co-Sponsored by IEEE ComSoc, IEEE VTS and EURASIP
Paper Submission Deadline: April 06, 2018

ISWCS’2018 will be held in Lisbon city center (at the ISCTE-IUL campus), a historical city full of stories to tell, where the sun shines 290 days a year and you feel safe wandering around day or night. Lisbon is full of authenticity where old customs and ancient history intermix with cultural entertainment and hi-tech innovation. It’s a city famous for its hospitality and the family-like way it welcomes visitors. More Information..