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Press Release 06-045

New Process Builds Electronics Into Optical Fiber

Advance could lead to building a range of devices inside tiny light transmitters

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A wire-packed glass fiber passes through the eye of a needle.

A wire-packed glass fiber passes through the eye of a needle. The glass fiber is glowing from blue laser light. Each of the semiconductor wires emanating from its end is just 2 micrometers in diameter--20 times narrower than a human hair.

Credit: Neil Baril, Penn State


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