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Children  Two
Field  Photonics
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Fields  Optical communications Nonlinear optics Photonics
Thesis  Stimulated Brillouin scattering in single mode optical fibre ring resonators (1990)
Notable awards  Fellow of the Institute of Physics

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Polina Leopoldovna Bayvel CBE FRS FREng FInstP (Russian: Полина Леопольдовна Байвель; born c. 1968) is a British engineer and academic. She is currently a professor of Optical Communications & Networks in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at University College London. She has made major contributions to the investigation and design of high-bandwidth multiwavelength optical networking.



Bayvel was born and grew up in Kharkov / Kharkiv, and Leningrad until 1978. She was educated at University College London where she was awarded a Bachelor of Engineering degree in 1986 followed by a PhD in 1990. In 1990, she was awarded a Royal Society Postdoctoral Exchange Fellowship in the Fibre Optics Laboratory at the General Physics Institute of the Soviet Academy of Sciences in Moscow.


Bayvel's research has focused on maximising the speed and capacity of optical fibre communication systems, and the fundamental studies of capacity-limiting optical nonlinearities and their mitigation.

She was one of the first to show the feasibility of using the wavelength domain for routing in optical networks over a range of distance- and time-scales. She has established the applicability of these new optical network architecture concepts, which have been widely implemented in commercial systems and networks. These systems and networks underpin the Internet, and the digital communications infrastructure - and are essential for its growth. Her research has been funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Awards and honours

Bayvel was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2002 and was awarded the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Photonic Society Engineering Achievement Award in 2013. In 2014 she delivered the Clifford Paterson Lecture and in 2015 was awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering Colin Campbell Mitchell Award. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2016.

She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to engineering.

Personal life

She has two children with Anatoly Zayats, who is a Professor of Physics at King's College London.


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