Joint National Fibre Facility

 

The facility, located at The university of New South Wales, is the latest state-of-the-art silica fibre fabrication facility, built on the combined experience of optical fibre research based across NSW. It is supported by Australian Research Council and nine Australian University partners including:

 

The University of New South Wales (UNSW)

The University of Sydney

The University of Melbourne

Macquarie University

Victoria University of Technology

Wollongong University

Swinburne University of Technology

The University of Newcastle

The University of Southern Queensland

 

The facility underpins key cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary photonics research spanning chemistry, physics and engineering across Australia and globally. It is dedicated to the production of research grade silica fibres and enhancing the pioneering work in Australian optical fibre research, pioneered at UNSW, over many decades. It includes on-site MCVD fabrication, the tallest research intensive draw tower in the Southern Hemisphere, and extensive characterisation equipment including a new perform analyser. Through its partners, a comprehensive and complete characterisation process for all optical fibres exists.

 

The facility underpins key cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary photonics research spanning chemistry, physics and engineering across Australia and globally. It is dedicated to the production of research grade silica fibres and enhancing the pioneering work in Australian optical fibre research, pioneered at UNSW, over many decades. It includes on-site MCVD fabrication, the tallest research intensive draw tower in the Southern Hemisphere, and extensive characterisation equipment including a new perform analyser. Through its partners, a comprehensive and complete characterisation process for all optical fibres exists.

 

Recent Firsts:-

   Regenerated fibre Bragg gratings used to map internal reaction temperatures of a modified chemical vapour deposition (MCVD) optical fibre preform lathe, Optical Fiber Sensors (OFS 21), Ottawa, Canada 2011. The University of Sydney, The University of New South Wales.

 

 

 

   688 x 3 x 112-Gb/s WDM transmission over 50km of three-mode fiber with inline few-mode fibre amplifier – post-deadline paper Th.13.C.2, ECOC, 2011 & Optics Express 20(3), 2668, 30 January 2012; NEC Labs America, University of Santiago, Polytechnic University of HK, The University of New South Wales, & University of Central Florida.

 

The explosion in optical fibre research worldwide demands increasing resources and facilities as well as much more comprehensive collaboration and support than has ever existed before is Australia is to retain leadership in this field. A primary consideration of facility is the provision of access and the promotion of collaboration to maximise outcomes for all.

 

To discuss how the facility can benefit you, please contact:

 

Prof. Gang-Ding Peng,

Photonics and Optical Communications,

School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, University of New South Wales 

Email: g.peng@unsw.edu.au