fiber optics

01/10/2013 - 13:54

Communicating with light may soon get a lot easier, hints recent research from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland's Joint Quantum Institute (JQI), where scientists have potentially found a way to overcome a longstanding barrier to cleaner signals.

08/08/2012 - 10:48

Tests performed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) show that a new method for splitting photon beams could overcome a fundamental physical hurdle in transmitting electronic data. These results could lead to commercial systems that can help safeguard the transfer of sensitive information.

04/30/2012 - 09:40

Fibre-optic cables are becoming the backbone of the Internet, from the main trunk lines between cities, countries and continents to the network of cables running from telephone central offices to individual homes and mobile phone base stations. A pioneering approach to data transmission, supported by EU funding, promises to increase the capacity, range and efficiency of fibre-optic networks.

07/18/2011 - 13:56

The name of the project -- "photonic neuron" -- was catchy enough, but what really caught Mitchell Nahmias' attention was the opportunity to combine his interests in engineering and neuroscience. Nahmias became one of seven Princeton undergraduate students to participate in a research collaboration between the University and Lockheed Martin, the aerospace and defense technology corporation, to produce fiber-optic-based computational devices that work similarly to neurons, but are a billion times faster.