This research group is led by Prof. Antonella Bogoni, and works within the joint research center of:
The center is located in Pisa.
The area activities can be divided in two main topics: digital photonics and microwave photonics.
For both topics integrated solutions have been and developed and other are in progress in collaboration with the Integrated Photoinc Techonlogies Center (INPHOTEC), co-located in Pisa.
Moreover remote optical sensing (i.e. lidar) solutions are under investigation in integrated implementations
-20Tb/s optical switch field trial with integrated OAM-based components
-20Tb/s optical transmission in 1km-long OAM fiber has been achieved
- The first photonic logic processor working at 640 Gb/s
- The first all-optical regeneration scheme working at 160 Gb/s
In particular, innovative solutions have been presented for 5G networks and for multiband radars.
Field trials for the first photonic-assisted radar have been developed and presented on the prestigious scientific journal NATURE. Integrated architecture of combined radar and lidar systems have also been investigated for applications as environment monitoring, high precision agriculture and automotive. Integrated prototypes of the RF photonic-based transceivers are also under development. Si and III-V technologies are being exploited. Related activities included in the microwave photonics topics are also:
- Optical RF scanning for electronic countermeasures
- Photonic-assisted hybrid active and passive radars
- Fiber-based antenna remoting
- MIMO radar
- The first 0-40 RF scanner base don photonics
- Optical beamforming net for a 32-element PPA working at 13GHz with tuning speed of 1ns and phase precision <1°
- The first fully digital photonics based radar