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Broadband Networks, Sensing Spur Fiber Optic Progression

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The concept of fiber optics was first introduced over a century ago when scientists in Europe demonstrated the guiding of light by refraction. Today, it impacts broadband communications networks, as well as oil and gas monitoring, and defense and aerospace applications.

JUSTINE MURPHY, SENIOR EDITOR, [email protected]

Optical fiber technology itself is not new. But it is quickly expanding and finding integration in novel sensors and laser systems. In 2017, a total of 421 million kilometers of optical fiber is expected to be installed in communication networks worldwide. “This total is 10 percent more than the amount installed in 2015, and it is almost twice the amount installed … in 2011,” said Richard Mack, principal analyst with market research firm CRU International. Fiber optics technology is evolving at an exponential rate, with novel sensors and lasers, and...Read full article

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