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Moving data at the speed of lightOctober 13, 2016

Ph.D. student Jason Ackert develops a novel photodetector.

For the past five years, Jason Ackert, a recent Doctoral student in Engineering Physics, has been researching how to help move data faster and make it affordable at the same time. Working under the supervision of Professor Andy Knights in the Department of Engineering Physics, the 30-year-old Orillia native has been developing a novel photodetector – a semiconductor device that converts an optical signal into an electrical one to receive information. This device is a crucial component of an optical transceiver, a tiny chip which when combined with optical fibre can deliver high-speed data transfer using light.