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Data Routes On Information Superhighway Enhanced With New Dynamic Dual-core Optical Fiber
2012-12-19 16:31:45

Optical Society of America Light 'jumping the tracks' enables enhanced data processing, better sensing Optical fibers —the backbone of the Internet—carry movies, messages, and music at the speed of light. But for all their efficiency, these ultrathin strands of pristine glass must connect to sluggish signal switches, routers, and buffers in order to transmit data. Hoping to do away with these information speed bumps, researchers have developed a new, dual-core optical fiber...


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