The Center for Integrated Access Networks

    The flagship of our photonics program is the $40-million, 10-year National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Integrated Access Networks, one of only 15 NSF ERCs in the country. CIAN’s director, Chair of Photonics and Lasers and professor of optical sciences and materials science and engineering Nasser Peyghambarian, has led the center through six years of research highlights thus far, together with partner universities: the University of California, San Diego; the University of Southern California; the University of California, Los Angeles; the California Institute of Techology; the University of California, Berkeley; Columbia University; Norfolk State University and Tuskegee University. 
     
    CIAN’s two working groups organize system, subsystem and component research around two primary themes: agile networking and data center photonics. Highly sophisticated test beds with state-of-the-art equipment donated by major industrial players such as Fujitsu and Agilent enable CIAN to stay at the forefront of optical networking.
     
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    CIAN TOAN testbed evaluating a new optical switch developed in CIAN.