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Three new laboratories at Northumbria University equipped with the latest Keysight equipment

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Three new laboratories at Northumbria University equipped with the latest Keysight equipment

Alan Duncan, MP Opens New Research and Teaching Laboratories for Microwave Communications, Holography and Photonics

NEWCASTLE, May 2, 2007 – As part of its continuing strategy of support for research and education Keysight Technologies has announced a collaboration with Northumbria University to create advanced laboratory facilities at the university.

Keysight Lab at Northumbria University


Three laboratories have been completely refurbished to include the latest design, test and measurement technology from Keysight. The laboratory facilities will be used for research and teaching in the following subject areas: Microwave Communications, Microwave Holography, and Photonics and Radio-Frequency.


The laboratories, funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) will include a range of Keysight equipment such as oscilloscopes, spectrum and network analysers, optical test equipment and RF/MW design software.


The new technology provided within the Microwave Communications and Microwave Holography laboratories will position them amongst the best equipped labs in the UK for the design of microwave circuitry and research into the uses of microwave imaging, including the detection of breast cancer tumours and concealed weapons.


The Photonic and RF research laboratory is the first Photonics laboratory of its kind in the North of England, and will showcase the very latest design and measurement tools for research into new photonic networks, switching, free space optics and RF technologies. Photonics involves using light for high speed transfer of information, and its development will play a leading role in meeting the growing demand for access to high speed internet links.


The new laboratories will include the following equipment: Keysight 86146B Optical Spectrum Analyser, Keysight N4906B Serial BERT, 86100C Infiniium DCA-J Oscilloscope, E8364B 50GHz Vector Network Analyser, E4438C ESG Vector Signal Generator, E4440A PSA Spectrum Analyser and multiple copies of the Genesys RF/MW design software from Keysight’s EEsof organisation.


The laboratories were opened by Alan Duncan MP, Shadow Secretary of State DTI, and Shadow Minister for Tyneside on 2nd May. Mr Duncan commented “Britain is a world leader in Physical sciences, and facilities like this are essential for maintaining this position. I look forward to seeing the fruits of the research being carried out here.”

Keysight Lab at Northumbria University

For the university, Professor Alistair Sambell, Dean of the School of Computing, Engineering and Information Sciences, welcomed the opening of the new labs, saying; "These are very exciting times for the School. There is currently tremendous growth in the fields of wired and wireless communications, especially the internet and increasing demand for mobile handsets with functions such as cameras and MP3 players, which are smaller, cheaper, and with low power consumption. These facilities will help us develop our research in these areas. The microwave imaging technology we now have will position Northumbria as one of the leading Universities in terms of facilities in this field. We are currently developing a microwave-based technique that can generate holographic high-quality images of hidden objects, such as breast cancer tumours, in our microwave imaging lab, and the new equipment may mean this method may reach the clinic trial stage sooner than we’d initially hoped” Professor Sambell continued
“The technology is also very versatile and suited for use in other medical, security and industrial applications. Although we are just at the beginning of this research, our ultimate aim is to offer an alternative, fast 3D microwave imaging technique which can be used across a wide range of disciplines.’’

For Keysight Technologies, Ueli Nussbaumer, European Geographic Business Manager said; “Keysight has a continuing strategy of supporting research and educational establishments across Europe. As a company we have the technology and measurement expertise necessary to facilitate the leading edge research being undertaken in universities like Northumbria. We are very pleased to be involved in this exciting project and look forward to supporting the research and teaching activities at Northumbria University with the very latest design, test and measurement equipment.”

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