The latest development in fiber optic technology will make your internet run 100 times faster. The new tech will detect light that is twisted into a spiral. According to research published in Nature Communications, the new fiber optic technology can be used to easily upgrade existing networks and significantly boost efficiency.
Traditionally fiber optic cables use pulses of light to transmit information, which can only be stored through the color of the light, and whether the wave is horizontal or vertical.
The researchers have been able to create a third dimension by twisting it into a spiral. This third dimension or the level of orbital angular momentum or spin will carry the information.
Min Gu from RMIT University said – “It’s like DNA if you look at the double helix spiral,”. “The more you can use angular momentum the more information you can carry.”
There have been earlier attempts made by researchers in the US using similar technology but Gu’s team is the first. They have managed to create a reasonable size detector that can read the information it holds.
Gu further explained that earlier the detector used to come in large sizes almost the size of dining tables. But the latest detectors were almost the size of human hair. Gu confidently said they could build a first chip that could detect this twisting and display it for mobile application.
The latest technology can be used to upgrade fiber optics networks in Australia like the National Broadband Network. Though there is a controversy about the decision to reduce the schemes use of fiber optics in favor of copper wire.
National Broadband Network is on schedule to complete the work by 2020. Though the rollout seems to be a downgrade of the earlier plan. The earlier plan proposed installed fiber optic cables directly into homes. Instead, they have now received fiber to the node, which means that the fiber runs only to the center point in the neighborhood and copper wires connect them to each home. This is cheaper but at the cost of slower speeds.
National Broadband Network spokesperson said – “New communications technologies are continually being tested in labs many years in advance of being commercialized. They require widespread acceptance from equipment manufacturers and network operators before they are ready for operational deployment.”
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