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Crossing a critical threshold in optical communications
June 8, 2015
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.Researchers from Lehigh University, Japan and Canada have advanced a step closer to the dream of all-optical data transmission by building and demonstrating what they call the "world's first fully functioning single crystal waveguide in glass." In an article published in Scientific Reports, the group said it had employed ultrafast femtosecond lasers to produce a 3-D single crystal capable of guiding light waves through glass with little loss of light.Full Story
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