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Microscopic dust, oils, or other contaminants on fiber ends or along the cable length can severely degrade performance.
Microscopic dust, oils, or other contaminants on fiber ends or along the cable length can severely degrade performance.
Microscopic dust, oils, or other contaminants on fiber ends or along the cable length can severely degrade performance.
Microscopic dust, oils, or other contaminants on fiber ends or along the cable length can severely degrade performance.
Microscopic dust, oils, or other contaminants on fiber ends or along the cable length can severely degrade performance.
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Clean fiber optics are critical for laser performance and to prevent damage

Nov. 3, 2023
Contamination and the fiber fuse effect can have disastrous consequences for laser performance. Learn how to keep your optical systems performing at their best.
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FIGURE 1. Along 37.4 km of the fiber optic cable, the researchers observed abrupt changes up to about 10 km that occurred in less than 24 hours.
FIGURE 1. Along 37.4 km of the fiber optic cable, the researchers observed abrupt changes up to about 10 km that occurred in less than 24 hours.
FIGURE 1. Along 37.4 km of the fiber optic cable, the researchers observed abrupt changes up to about 10 km that occurred in less than 24 hours.
FIGURE 1. Along 37.4 km of the fiber optic cable, the researchers observed abrupt changes up to about 10 km that occurred in less than 24 hours.
FIGURE 1. Along 37.4 km of the fiber optic cable, the researchers observed abrupt changes up to about 10 km that occurred in less than 24 hours.
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Sensing method uses fiber-optic cable to track sea ice

Sept. 4, 2023
Global temperatures are soaring, sea ice is retreating. Climate change is real, and it’s happening fast. Scientists are turning to fiber-optic cables and sensors to monitor sea...
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FIGURE 1. Smart pants integrated with 30 polymer optical fiber sensors in each leg (inset) can noninvasively track a person’s movements and specifically identify the activities.
FIGURE 1. Smart pants integrated with 30 polymer optical fiber sensors in each leg (inset) can noninvasively track a person’s movements and specifically identify the activities.
FIGURE 1. Smart pants integrated with 30 polymer optical fiber sensors in each leg (inset) can noninvasively track a person’s movements and specifically identify the activities.
FIGURE 1. Smart pants integrated with 30 polymer optical fiber sensors in each leg (inset) can noninvasively track a person’s movements and specifically identify the activities.
FIGURE 1. Smart pants integrated with 30 polymer optical fiber sensors in each leg (inset) can noninvasively track a person’s movements and specifically identify the activities.
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Smarty-pants: Integrated fiber-optic fabrics

Aug. 7, 2023
Fiber-optic sensors are poised to provide information about its wearer’s types of movement and how it’s impacting their health.
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FIGURE 1. Simon Gross, an ARC Future Fellow at the Macquarie University School of Engineering, works with the new multicore optical fiber setup; the new 19-core optical fiber is shown in the inset.
FIGURE 1. Simon Gross, an ARC Future Fellow at the Macquarie University School of Engineering, works with the new multicore optical fiber setup; the new 19-core optical fiber is shown in the inset.
FIGURE 1. Simon Gross, an ARC Future Fellow at the Macquarie University School of Engineering, works with the new multicore optical fiber setup; the new 19-core optical fiber is shown in the inset.
FIGURE 1. Simon Gross, an ARC Future Fellow at the Macquarie University School of Engineering, works with the new multicore optical fiber setup; the new 19-core optical fiber is shown in the inset.
FIGURE 1. Simon Gross, an ARC Future Fellow at the Macquarie University School of Engineering, works with the new multicore optical fiber setup; the new 19-core optical fiber is shown in the inset.
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19-core optical fiber is the world’s fastest

July 11, 2023
An advancement in optical fiber produces the equivalent of 10 million high-speed home internet connections at full capacity.
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The LC connector (left), which features a smaller ferrule size and latch mechanism, is ideal for high-density patch applications within the fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) space. However, to support more fibers in individual ferrules, the industry introduced the multiple fiber push-on/pull-off (MTP/MPO) connector, which can support up to 24 fibers in a single ferrule for use in high-density environments like data centers. But MTP/MPO connectors must be mated to an opposing male (center) or female (right) connector, which can lead to higher inventory costs.
The LC connector (left), which features a smaller ferrule size and latch mechanism, is ideal for high-density patch applications within the fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) space. However, to support more fibers in individual ferrules, the industry introduced the multiple fiber push-on/pull-off (MTP/MPO) connector, which can support up to 24 fibers in a single ferrule for use in high-density environments like data centers. But MTP/MPO connectors must be mated to an opposing male (center) or female (right) connector, which can lead to higher inventory costs.
The LC connector (left), which features a smaller ferrule size and latch mechanism, is ideal for high-density patch applications within the fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) space. However, to support more fibers in individual ferrules, the industry introduced the multiple fiber push-on/pull-off (MTP/MPO) connector, which can support up to 24 fibers in a single ferrule for use in high-density environments like data centers. But MTP/MPO connectors must be mated to an opposing male (center) or female (right) connector, which can lead to higher inventory costs.
The LC connector (left), which features a smaller ferrule size and latch mechanism, is ideal for high-density patch applications within the fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) space. However, to support more fibers in individual ferrules, the industry introduced the multiple fiber push-on/pull-off (MTP/MPO) connector, which can support up to 24 fibers in a single ferrule for use in high-density environments like data centers. But MTP/MPO connectors must be mated to an opposing male (center) or female (right) connector, which can lead to higher inventory costs.
The LC connector (left), which features a smaller ferrule size and latch mechanism, is ideal for high-density patch applications within the fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) space. However, to support more fibers in individual ferrules, the industry introduced the multiple fiber push-on/pull-off (MTP/MPO) connector, which can support up to 24 fibers in a single ferrule for use in high-density environments like data centers. But MTP/MPO connectors must be mated to an opposing male (center) or female (right) connector, which can lead to higher inventory costs.
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Impact of DWDM on passive optical network component choices

July 3, 2023
As network engineers strive to meet the ever-growing demand for bandwidth, their choice of passive optical network (PON) components, including connectors, splitters, and muxes...
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The role of optical technology in 5G, 5.5G, and 6G

Oct. 12, 2023
Moving to 5.5G and 6G will require a solid telecommunications infrastructure to handle the next wave of connected devices.
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Optical switch features low wavelength dependence

Oct. 10, 2023
The OSX-100E OEM optical switch is available in different sizes up to 80 channels.
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POET Technologies' LightBar packaged light source is an optical engine with high-power continuous-wave (CW) lasers passively attached to its optical interposer.
POET Technologies' LightBar packaged light source is an optical engine with high-power continuous-wave (CW) lasers passively attached to its optical interposer.
POET Technologies' LightBar packaged light source is an optical engine with high-power continuous-wave (CW) lasers passively attached to its optical interposer.
POET Technologies' LightBar packaged light source is an optical engine with high-power continuous-wave (CW) lasers passively attached to its optical interposer.
POET Technologies' LightBar packaged light source is an optical engine with high-power continuous-wave (CW) lasers passively attached to its optical interposer.
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Photonics hardware is powering ChatGPT and the AI revolution

Aug. 3, 2023
The AI market is red hot in 2023, but for the technology to remain in high demand in the years ahead, it needs to deliver more efficient and affordable solutions. Photonics-enabled...
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2023 Innovators Awards: Meet the honorees

Aug. 1, 2023
For the sixth straight year, Laser Focus World held its Innovators Awards program, which celebrates the disparate and innovative technologies, products, and systems found in the...