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The Merits of Single-Mode vs. Multimode Fiber Optics

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ANA BELÉN GONZÁLEZ GUERRERO AND JOSE POZO, EUROPEAN PHOTONICS INDUSTRY CONSORTIUM

In the communications sector, short-distance connections, as required in a data center, benefit greatly from optical fibers. But what is best, single-mode or multimode communication? There has been recent progress in the application of photonics technologies in the datacom field, including discrete components (PICs, VCSELs, LEDs), modules and systems (transceivers, receivers), fibers and connectors (types, deployment costs, alignment requirements), and new architectures for transport networks. The growing number of users, amount of content being exchanged, and services such as...Read full article

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