Wyant College of Optical Sciences
The University of Arizona
1630 E. University Blvd.
P.O. Box 210094
Tucson, AZ 85721-0094
Many people do not realize that the Internet that we know today is only possible because of technological developments that occurred in optical communication systems at the turn of the century. Today the Internet is an optical network of massive scale extending worldwide from individual homes to individual servers in mega-data centers. In fact, it has grown to the point that our ability to continue to scale these technologies following historical trends is reaching hard physical limitations. New technologies and innovative solutions are required to continue network scaling, creating a situation that is ripe with interesting research problems. Daniel Kilper’s research examines this intersection between new device and system technologies and network functionality. Most of his work is conducted as part of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Integrated Access Networks, which conducts research on new photonic devices, systems and networks for the future Internet here at the College of Optical Sciences.
Kilper’s research is featured in the September 2014 issue of "Optics and Photonics News," in the article "Optical Networks Come of Age."