Nature Photonics

After what seems (to me) to have been sev­er­al eons worth of exper­i­ment­ing, writ­ing, re-writ­ing, re-exper­i­ment­ing, more re-writ­ing and then some more re-writ­ing (all of which most­ly by oth­ers), the all-opti­cal FFT idea that was used at the IPQ depart­ment at KIT final­ly made it into Nature Pho­ton­ics. When I got there in late ’09, work on the man­u­script was already in progress – back then it was only 10Tbit/s instead of the now pub­lished 26. Short­ly before I left at the end of 2010, feed­back from the review­ers was ask­ing for repeat­ing the exper­i­ments with bet­ter com­pa­ra­ble met­rics (we had used the error vec­tor mag­ni­tude, they want­ed true bit error rate). I didn’t stay to see the new exper­i­ments, but it being a year lat­er they cranked up the vol­ume to 26Tbit/s – orig­i­nal­ly this was intend­ed as an OFC 2011 post-dead­line sub­mis­sion, but was reject­ed. So that made its way into Nature then.

Hon­est­ly, I didn’t do a whole lot of work on this, I guess my con­tri­bu­tions were more of the back­ground type. So there I am in the mid­dle of the 30+ authors list. Kin­da reminds me of this PhD comics strip.

For more infor­ma­tion on the pub­li­ca­tion itself see this page.

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