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Optical Communications and Photonics Technology Laboratory
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

The Optical Communications and Photonics Technology Laboratory of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens belongs to the Division of Communications and Signal Processing of the Department of Informatics. The Academic and Research staff (12 Professors and Associate Researchers) teams up with a number of graduate students. The laboratory activities started at the period of the first rapid expansion of optical communications in the beginning of the eighties. The first research activities of the group were focused in the field of analogue and digital optical transmission systems. The research was developed, progressively, towards some of the most advanced fields of optical communications such as optoelectronic integration, WDM and OTDM techniques, high bit rate communications of very long distances with optical solitons etc.

These activities were enhanced through co-operation with other European Partners (Industries, Universities and Research Institutes) within the framework of more than ten RACE, ACTS, and IST programs, but also by undertaking projects sponsored by the Hellenic Telecom, the National Commission of Research and Technology and the local industry. Since1998, the Laboratory belongs to a national network of certified test and measurement laboratories. In the year 2000 the Laboratory has been certified with the ISO 9002 certificate for optical power and spectral measurements as well as OTDR calibration. Today, the research activities of the Laboratory cover mainly the following areas: Photonic Devices and Integrated Circuits, Fiber Optics and High Speed Communication Systems, Optical Networks and Techno economic Evaluation of Telecommunication Systems. In the subsequent paragraphs, a detailed description of the most important research activities of the laboratory is provided.