Aston University and Pulse power and measurement signed a three-year contract Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) which will give PPM access to Aston’s technical expertise in the field of coherent optical communications networks. Aston University students will benefit from real-world education through industrial projects and potential final-year internships
PPM designs and manufactures a wide range of Radio frequency (RF) over fiber optic systems, which allow RF electrical signals to be transmitted through fiber optic cables.
Their ViaLite Communications The business division focuses on the optical transport and manipulation of analog radio communication signals used in applications such as SATCOM, telemetry, broadcasting, cellular base stations and radar. The company has a range of leading international customers, including Tier 1 broadcast and satellite providers.
Thanks to the KTP, PPM will have access to the academic expertise of the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies, one of the largest photonics research groups in the world. The academics working on this project are Dr. Paul Harper and teacher Wladek Forysiak, who both have extensive experience in academic research and industrial development in the field of fiber optic communications. Acting as a partner is Dr. Mohammed Nouman Malik.
Dr. Harper is the head of the Electrical and Electronic Engineering department, while Professor Forysiak is currently Professor at the Royal Academy of Engineering in highly integrated coherent fiber optic communications and previously held the positions of EPSRC Manufacturing Fellow and Royal Society Industry Fellow.
Gary Bartoncompany supervisor at PPM, said: “Collaboration with Aston University through the KTP Incentive enables PPM to push the boundaries of optical transport systems needed to meet the challenges of new and diverse market requirements. With valuable assistance from Aston University’s Institute of Photonics Technologies, the development program is well on its way to realizing PPM’s ambition to advance the next generation of analog optics.”
dr. Paul HarperHead of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Aston University, said: “This KTP project was a great way for us to work with a new industrial partner and learn from PPM’s expertise in fiber radio systems while passing on our knowledge of fiber optic systems. Despite the challenges posed to mobility by the pandemic, we successfully completed collaborative proof-of-concept lab demonstrations in the first year of the project and are now moving into the next phase of development work..”
dr. Mohammed Nouman Malikpartner on the project, said:Acting as a bridge between academic and industrial partners gave me the opportunity to gain experience in managing a challenging real project, with dedicated coaching and mentoring accelerating my personal development.”