JPL DESCANSO - Deep Space Communications and Navigation Center of Excellence

Hybrid Fibre-Radio Systems Research at the University of Melbourne

Presented by:
Dr. Dalma Novak
Australian Photonics Cooperative Research Centre
The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia


There is increasing interest in the application of optical fiber distribution networks for the implementation of current and future wireless communication systems. In such 'hybrid fiber-radio" systems, the radio signals are distributed from a central exchange or office to the remote antenna base-stations via low-loss, EMI-free optical fiber links. There is particular interest in the application of fiber-optic backhauls for future millimeter-wave (mm-wave) wireless communication links operating from 26-60 GHz which can provide broadband fixed radio access and mobile services. This talk will give an overview of research activities investigating the development of a variety of technologies for future optically fed mm-wave radio communication systems, which are being carried out at the University of Melbourne, a member of the Australian Photonics Cooperative Research Centre.

The Speaker

Dalma Novak received the degrees of Bachelor of Engineering (Honours 1) and PhD from the University of Queensland, Australia in 1987 and 1992, respectively. Her PhD investigated the dynamic behaviour of directly modulated semiconductor lasers. Since September 1992 she has been a member of academic staff in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Melbourne where she is currently an Associate Professor and Reader, and leads a research team developing technologies for hybrid fiber-radio systems. Dalma is Education Director of the Australian Photonics Cooperative Research Centre and Deputy Director of the Photonics Research Laboratory. Her research interests include fiber-radio systems, high-speed optical communications and semiconductor lasers, and she has published over 130 journal and conference papers related to these areas. Dalma is the current Chair of the Steering Committee of the International Topical Meeting on Microwave Photonics.