Award-winning ideas for faster data

OECC researchers

Research success: (l-r) Mohammad Monir Morshed, Professor Arthur Lowery and Liang Du.

Research that will help improve the speed of long-distance data transmission has been lauded by leading researchers at an international telecommunications conference.

Liang Du, of Monash University's Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering, has taken out the best student paper for transmission systems at the 17th OptoElectronics and Communications Conference held last month in Korea.

Liang's paper detailed a method to mitigate the problem of non-linearity in long-distance optical fibre systems of the future.

"The aim with long-haul data transmission is to increase the transmission distance and throughput simultaneously," Liang said. 

"By reducing non-linearity using our method, we found we could double the reach of next-generation fibre systems that will carry up to one terabit per second. This will mean internet and voice data transmission over distances from 500 to 5000 kilometres will be far more efficient."

Leader of the Monash optical communications lab, Professor Arthur Lowery congratulated Liang on his success.

"To be awarded best student paper at a prestigious conference is an honour and a testament to the quality of Liang's work," Professor Lowery said.

"It was a highly successful conference for our lab, which presented seven papers in all. One of these, which detailed research conducted with our partners in the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS) at the University of Sydney, was accepted after the deadline for submissions had closed and was presented in a session reserved for impressive recent demonstrations."

Liang, who recently completed his PhD at Monash, said he was honoured to receive the best student award.

"It's always a great feeling when peers award your research," Liang said. 

"Thanks to my colleague Mohammad Monir Morshed, who planned and conducted the experiment with me, and to Professor Lowery for being a very supportive supervisor during my PhD."

The research was funded by the Australian Research Council as part of the Centre of Excellence in Ultrahigh-bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems.