Testbed Capabilities

Testbed Capabilities

CIAN's main operations are located at The University of Arizona's College of Optical Sciences, which provides resources for both theoretical and applied research programs in all areas related to optics and the optical sciences. The center headquarters is on the 5th floor of a new 47,000 square-foot West Wing addition, completed in 2006.

The CIAN Grand Challenge Testbed, located on the campus of UCSD is a shared research facility where CIAN's research from the various Thrusts is integrated, enabling collaborative research among CIAN participants and with the wider research and industrial community.

The primary CIAN testbed consists of 2000 ft2 contiguous lab space and 10 modular test bays including:

  • 50Gbps parallel BERT system
  • Four 12.5 Gbps BERT systems
  • Four 60GHz digital analyzers
  • 250 WDM channel bank
  • 15xSpan amplification complement
  • Two independent loops
  • All-Raman amplification complement
  • Parametric amplification complement
  • MHz-Scale optical spectral analysis
  • In-house amplifier fabrication facility
  • Fiber plant: 2000km SMF/NZDSF/LEAF
  • Commercial OC-768 terrestrial system
  • Access to transcontinental fiber plant


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