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UR to share $6.5 million research grant

University of Rochester researchers will tap a $6.5 million grant announced Wednesday from The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to boost slow light research for optical processing and telecommunications.

UR to share $6.5 million research grant

University of Rochester researchers will tap a $6.5 million grant announced today from The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to boost slow light research for optical processing and telecommunications.
The funding, slated to be spread over the next four-and-a-half years, will aid researchers working on a program called “Applications of Slow Light in Optical Fibers.” Beneficiaries include UR faculty and researchers at Cornell University, Duke University, the University of Southern California at Santa Barbara and the University of Southern California.
“We’ve got an all-star team tackling some of the toughest problems in all-optical processing,” said Robert Boyd, professor of optics and physics at UR and the project’s principal investigator.
The project involves efforts to slow down the speed of light. Two telecommunications engineers are included in the research team to make sure that advances in slow light research are quickly coupled into modern technology.
Other researchers involved will focus on developing all-optical switches—routing devices that can control light with light—avoiding the drawbacks associated with conversion. Optical filters that can be tuned via light also are under development, as are detectors that can sense a single photon without destroying its properties.

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