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Fibers That Detect, Produce Sound

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass., July 15, 2010 — For centuries, "man-made fibers" meant the raw stuff of clothes and ropes; in the information age, it has come to mean the filaments of glass that carry data in communications networks. But to Yoel Fink, an associate professor of materials science and the principal investigator at MIT's Research Lab of Electronics, the threads used in textiles and even optical fibers are much too passive. For the past decade, Fink’s lab has been working on constructing a fiber with a Fabry-Perot optical cavity structure that is layered on an embedded piezoelectric element. In what is seen as a...Read full article

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