Communications and telecommunications are needs that are deeply engrained in human history. These needs have significantly evolved over time, enabling today's content-rich (text, music, images and video), real-time, and multi-location exchanges through electrical, optical, or electromagnetic signals conveyed by different media. Among the more versatile is the optical fiber.

An article written by Giovanni Bellotti, Pierre Sillard, and Gerard Kuyt discusses the hair-thin silica pipe that is at the core of an ongoing telecommunication and media revolution, and is featured in the February issue of Photonics Tech Briefs. The optical fiber has versatility, immunity to external parasitical radiation, and the capacity to transmit tremendous flows of data.

See page 58 of the February issue of Photonics Tech Briefs (PTB) for the full article or click here .