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Fiber Optics: From ‘Piping Light’ to All-Optical Communications

Fiber optics components and systems are seeing application in an increasing number of technologies, products and research initiatives. From its modest beginnings to present-day advancements, the field of fiber optics is poised to further revolutionize communication networks, optical devices and more.

JUSTINE MURPHY, SENIOR EDITOR, justine.murphy@photonics.com

The basis of optical communications systems, fiber optics uses thin, flexible glass or plastic fibers as wave guides, or “light pipes,” to channel light from one location to another. This concept has been around since the late 19th century, when scientist William Wheeling patented the...Read full article

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