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Optical System Promises to Revolutionize Undersea Communications


February 24, 2010

illustration of optical modem In a technological advance that its developers are likening to the cell phone and wireless Internet access, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution scientists and engineers have devised an undersea optical communications system that--complemented by acoustics--enables a virtual revolution in high-speed undersea data collection and transmission. Full Story

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