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Materials for First Optical Fibers With High-speed Electronic Function Are Developed
February 6, 2012
For the first time, researchers have 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.
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