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Corning Outstanding Student Paper Competition

CDT Student Johannes Benedikt von Lindeiner from the University of Cambridge wins Corning Outstanding Student Paper Competition at the Optical Fiber Conference (OFC 2014)

 

Congratulations to our CDT Student Johannes Benedikt von Lindeiner from the University of Cambridge who recently won the Corning Outstanding Student Paper Competition at the Optical Fiber Conference (OFC 2014) in San Francisco. All student papers accepted at OFC are automatically entered into the competition. From a pool of over 400 papers, 25 semi finalists are chosen and 6 finalists are invited to present their work to a panel of the 5 committee heads of the Optical Society of America (OSA). After a 15 minute presentation followed by a tough 15 minute Q&A, Benedikt emerged as the winner of the competition, winning the grand prize of $1500. He was honoured for his work at the OFC awards ceremony luncheon held at the Moscone Centre.

Benedikt's work deals with next generation optical datacommunication networks for short-haul, high speed links. The system he designed allows for a power consumption saving of up to 72% to be achieved by removing power-hungry thermoelectric coolers that normally need to be integrated on laser packages. Instead, by exploiting orthogonal coding schemes in dense wavelength-division-multiplexed systems along with a novel receiver structure, these cooling requirements are removed. In an industry that by 2020 will consume as much electricity as the airline industry, having future-proof systems in place will definately be desireable to the industry.

Congratulations to Benedikt on this outstanding achievement!

For more information see :

http://www.osa.org/en-us/foundation/programs/corning_outstanding_student_paper_competition/

For details on his work or to get in contact, Benedikt can be contacted by e-mail at jbv22@cam.ac.uk