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About the UMI
An international research unit established between the Georgia Institute of Technology and the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in the domains of telecommunications and innovative materials
An international research unit established between the Georgia Institute of Technology and the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in the domains of telecommunications and innovative materials As the result of a strategic alliance between the Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT) and the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), a joint GIT/CNRS research laboratory, the GT-CNRS UMI 2958, was established at the Georgia Tech Lorraine campus in Metz, France, in March of 2006. The laboratory conducts a unique transatlantic collaborative program of research in secure networks and smart materials. Research faculty and graduate students from Georgia Tech, French universities, and other CNRS laboratories work on joint research projects sponsored by industry and by local and national governments. The founding associate partners in this unique laboratory are the University of Metz, the University of Franche-Comté, the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers (ENSAM), and L’École Supérieure d’Électricité (Supélec). Initial research programs focus on optoelectronic techniques for signal encryption and secure transmission for optical and wireless systems, nonlinear optics, new materials and nanostructures for photonics and electronics, multifunctional materials, the ultrasonic characterization of materials, and the development of new ultrasonic sensors Currently the UMI focuses on two primary research areas :
• Secure networks research includes physical layer communications security, ranging from the creation of novel nonlinear optical devices for quantum communications to high-speed optical quantum key distribution and high-speed chaos-based communications. This research also includes the emerging application of physical layer security principles to wireless security.
• Smart materials research includes both optoelectronic semiconductors and functional materials, with projects ranging from wide-bandgap UV materials and devices to new metals for automotive and aeronautics to porous electroactive foams for sensors. It also includes research on advanced ultrasonics for nondestructive testing and imaging, and fabrication of novel nanoheterostructures and guided-wave devices.