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First Optical Fibers With High-speed Electronic Function

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posted on Feb, 5 2012 @ 05:52 PM
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For the first time, a group of chemists, physicists, and engineers has developed crystalline materials that allow an optical fiber to have integrated, high-speed electronic functions. The potential applications of such optical fibers include improved telecommunications and other hybrid optical and electronic technologies, improved laser technology, and more-accurate remote-sensing devices. The research was initiated by Rongrui He, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Chemistry at Penn State University. The international team, led by John Badding, a professor of chemistry at Penn State, will publish its findings in the journal Nature Photonics.

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The big breakthrough here is that we don't need the whole chip as part of the finished product. They have managed to build the junction - the active boundary where all the electronic action takes place - right into the fibre. While conventional chip fabrication requires multimillion dollar clean room facilities, this process can be performed with simple equipment that costs much less. The next step into a virtual reality.




posted on Feb, 5 2012 @ 06:08 PM
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This post along side the news of the quantum entangled diamonds really made the geek side part of my day!


Thank you!



posted on Feb, 5 2012 @ 06:36 PM
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allow an optical fiber to have integrated, high-speed electronic functions



At present, you still have electrical switching at both ends of the optical fiber. If we can actually generate signals inside a fiber, a whole range of optoelectronic applications becomes possible.


Methinks we have here distinct possibilities for building snooping in all the way along the network.

Great stuff. Just what we need. NOT!



posted on Feb, 5 2012 @ 06:52 PM
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Originally posted by nineix
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This post along side the news of the quantum entangled diamonds really made the geek side part of my day!


Thank you!


Ya thing are realy adding up quick. Quantum Entangled Diamonds now this
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