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Project: Multicore fibers technologies for high-capacity Optical Networks

Acronym: MCTechs
Main Objective: TThis project aims to develop, optimize and produce innovative passive and tunable core/wavelength selective multicore switches and couplers for Space division multiplexing (SDM) based on multicore fibers (MCF).
SDM over MCF has been proven to be the ideal solution to deal with the demand for higher capacity. However, the cost-effectiveness of these systems will depend on the development of several compatible components; the production of core/wavelength selective multicore (MC) switches and couplers will pave the way to a practical Reconfigurable Optical Add Drop Multiplexer (ROADM) and efficient optical amplifiers.
The MCTechs intend to develop, pump sharing, single mode fiber to MCF and MCF-to-MCF couplers, tunable. core/wavelength selective multicore switches/couplers, all based in the long period grating (LPG) technique.
MCTechs are expected to give a strong contribution to accelerate the development of practical and efficient SDM high-capacity optical networks.
Reference: POCI-01-0145-FEDER-029282
Funding: FCT/POCI
Start Date: 01-05-2018
End Date: 01-05-2021
Team: Ana Maria Sousa da Rocha, Nelson de Jesus Cordeiro Muga, Rogério Nunes Nogueira, Lúcia Maria Botas Bilro, Mário José Neves de Lima, Armando Humberto Moreira Nolasco Pinto, Miguel Vidal Drummond, Ricardo Jorge Figueiredo Oliveira, Margarida Facão
Groups: Optical Components and Subsystems - Av, Optical Communications Systems – Av
Partners: NICT- National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan [consultancy services and advice]
Local Coordinator: Ana Maria Sousa da Rocha
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