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Optical fibres help build a ‘billion sensors’ earthquake observatory

Optical fibres help build a ‘billion sensors’ earthquake observatory
Thousands of miles of buried optical fibres crisscross California’s San Francisco Bay Area delivering high-speed internet and HD video to homes and businesses. Biondo Biondi, a professor of geophysics at Stanford’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, dreams of turning that dense network into an inexpensive “billion sensors” observatory for continuously monitoring and studying earthquakes.
20th October 2017

Could fibre optics be the way forward to detect faults on railways?

Could fibre optics be the way forward to detect faults on railways?
  Fibre optic cables could make a major contribution to the safety and maintenance of railways. Installed alongside the tracks, they are capable of detecting a huge range of soundwaves that might signify the early emergence of problems, such as damage to the rails.
19th September 2017

Active cooling of optical transceivers

Tier 1 OEM’s in telecom infrastructure market are designing the next standard for telecommunications, 5G. It will provide faster data transmission speeds than current LTE (4G) systems, approaching broadband speeds achieved with landlines.
14th September 2017


Nanoscale imaging probe printed onto tip of optical fibre

Nanoscale imaging probe printed onto tip of optical fibre
Combining speed with incredible precision, a team of researchers has developed a way to print a nanoscale imaging probe onto the tip of a glass fibre as thin as a human hair, accelerating the production of the promising new device from several per month to several per day. The high-throughput fabrication technique opens the door for the widespread adoption of this and other nano-optical structures, which squeeze and manipulate light in ways that are unachievable by conventional optics.
10th May 2017

Nextrom's specialty fibre preform technology

Nextrom's specialty fibre preform technology
  The OFC 12 MCVD/FCVD Deposition System is a very flexible and customisable solution for small-scale specialty fibre preform production.
29th March 2017

Narrow aspherical glass lens for optical transceivers

Narrow aspherical glass lens for optical transceivers
  ALPS Electric has developed a narrow aspherical glass lens suitable for compact, high-density optical transceivers, the FLGPJ Series. 
6th February 2017

Sticklers MPO CleanClicker speeds data centre operations

Sticklers MPO CleanClicker speeds data centre operations
The Sticklers fibre optic cleaning team will be showcasing another innovation at BICSI Winter 2017 at the Tampa Convention Center, Tampa FL from Jan 22-26. This innovation will grab the attention of installers using MPO interconnects. The “keyless” MPO CLEANCLICKER 600 cleaning tool from Sticklers will make it far easier to clean MPO connectors in high density applications.
6th January 2017

Optical fibre sensor enables detection of structural damage

Optical fibre sensor enables detection of structural damage
A research group including members from Tokyo Institute of Technology and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science have developed a real-time fibre-optic distributed sensing system for strain and temperature. The system requires light injection from only one end of the fiber and can achieve a sampling rate of 100 kHz, an improvement of over 5,000 times the conventional rate.
16th December 2016

High-temperature POFs range from -55°C to +105°C

High-temperature POFs range from -55°C to +105°C
Communication links based on plastic optical fibres can be pushed to their limit in high-temperature environments. This is because, in addition to affecting the other components, the transmission of the fibres is reduced at high temperatures. Our partner Toray has helped remedy this situation by introducing a high-temperature POF onto the market that can withstand a temperature range of -55°C to +105°C.
21st November 2016

Stretchy optical fibres for implanting in the body

Stretchy optical fibres for implanting in the body
Researchers from MIT and Harvard Medical School have developed a biocompatible and highly stretchable optical fibre made from hydrogel — an elastic, rubbery material composed mostly of water. The fibre, which is as bendable as a rope of licorice, may one day be implanted in the body to deliver therapeutic pulses of light or light up at the first sign of disease. The researchers say the fiber may serve as a long-lasting implant that would bend and twist with the body without breaking down.
17th October 2016


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