Original Published Date: 
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Media issued by the University of Sydney     
A researcher at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh Bandwidth Devices for  Optical Systems (CUDOS), has  created a new processor technology that allows light to be split in extremely  sophisticated ways. The processor is a computer programmable optical filter  that can shape light. It can, for example, compress incoming light pulses to  become very short, or shape an incoming 'rainbow' of light into an output that  is only made up of red and blue light. The new technology has made its creator,  Dr Jochen Schroeder, the winner of the Innovation Prize from CUDOS (February  2013), celebrating Australian innovations in optics and photonics. It has also  been a successful technology transfer story, creating a wave of sales for Finisar, one of the world's Largest Supplier of Optical  Communication Components and Subsystems.