New Kind of Fiber Delivers 255 Tbps Data Transfer Speeds
team of researchers at universities in Florida and the Netherlands may
developed a new kind of optical fiber that can transmit data at more
times current top speeds.
published recently in the online publication Nature
research done by a team of scientists from the Eindhoven
Technology in Eindhoven, Netherlands and the University
of Central Florida in
Orlando, FL that could lead to a solution to the impending challenge of
increasing bandwidth demand throughout the world.
in this area has involved increasing the power of signals
over optical glass fibers enough to overcome the losses created by the
the fibers are manufactured with. However, the team from the two
may have demonstrated the potential of a new type of fiber that could
the impending “capacity crunch.”
led by Chigo Okonkwo, an assistant professor of electro-optical
communications at Eindhoven, and Rodrigo Amezcua Correa, a research
professor in micro-structured fibers at Central Florida, said in the
Photonics article that they have demonstrated the transmission of data
terabytes per second.
type of fiber the team is experimenting with has seven different cores
light can travel through, instead of the one core that most current
state-of-the-art fiber has. The researchers compare it to going from a
road to a seven-lane highway. At the same time, they are introducing
dimensions to data transmission – the equivalent of three cars driving
of each other in the same lane.
Eindhoven said, “At less than 200 microns in diameter, this fiber does
take noticeably more space than conventional fibers already deployed.”
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.