The University of Melbourne

Elaine’s research centres on fibre-to-the-home access networks, which are optical networks that directly connect end users in homes, schools and office buildings to the core optical network. In order to span long distances, long links in Australia are amplified by high-powered amplifiers to maintain connection. Elaine concentrates on investigating practical issues concerning laser and eye safety, exposure limits, and protection schemes, to ensure the safety of these fibre-optic networks.