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Lightwave Technology


Lightwave Technology deals with photonics, which is the analog of electronic technology in which photons instead of electrons are used to acquire, store, transmit, and process information.  Photonics offers huge advantages in bandwidth, speed, and density.  Photonics will play a critical role in emerging telecommunication technologies.  Currently deployment of lightwave technology on a large scale is limited by the availability of new advanced optical materials that can cause efficient interactions among different optical fields and/or externally applied electric field.  The development of new generation thin film materials to bring about large scale application of Lightwave Technology in telecommunications and information processing is a major focus of the HKTIIT supported Lightwave Technology Research Programme at HKUST.  Other areas of emphasis include development of new characterization methods, device concepts, as well as advanced thin film fabrication techniques.  Future research activities will include device fabrication and system design.