New Discovery in Fiber Optic Technology Could Boost Internet Bandwidth

1 May

New Discovery in Fiber Optic Technology Could Boost Internet Bandwidth

The internet technology has reached another breakthrough. Fiber optics is getting some tweaking which will enable transmitting speeds to go beyond 100 terabits per second. This huge amount of data is more than the equivalent of 8 Blu-Ray DVDs per second. This dramatic increase of data will have significant effects on computing and global communications, although it will take a while to integrate it to the present optic installations.

In a research funded by the defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, engineering professors Siddharth Ramachandran and Alan Wilber demonstrate the stability of the beams in optical fiber and how orbital angular momentum (OAM) beams boost internet bandwidth. OAM travels like mini tornadoes through a new optic fiber technology that promise to increase internet bandwidth. The OAM beams were once thought incapable of stable transmittal. But Ramachandran found a way to make a fiber that has the ability to manage the vortex pattern.

The light vortices discovery is not the first concept to be formulated for better internet capacity. In 2011, two ground-breaking methods were discovered for optimization of fiber optics. The first trick was to alter the light while the second is by carving new channels in the fiber. Using the light alteration method, data notched to 101.7 terabits per second on a hundred-mile line. It was created by pulsing through the beams of some 370 different lasers up to the end receiver. For each type of light in that the laser emitted, each one delivered differently having different polarities and amplitudes. The lasers start of at the same pulse but each code will be carrying its own packet of information which could be dispersed at the receiving end.

Meanwhile, another team in Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications technology worked on the other approach that involved the miniscule internal mechanisms of the fiber optics. This method showed to have speedier effects on data transmission. At present, a standard fiber cable has one light-guiding core. Researches presumed that seven cores would work better. The team’s seven-cored cable tests show that it is able to transmit a staggering 109 terabits per second or 15.6 terabits per second per core. These discoveries have all come in perfect timing. The world has embraced information technology in all facets of human activity. A boosted bandwidth has profound implications on real-time communication which will speed up modern lifestyle even more.

ByMichael Gilmore

Gilmore's research interests include social studies, law, technology and IT. He worked a lot in the field of jurisprudence. Gilmore also actively participates in the creation of technology and design for mobile phones and laptops, starting in 2012.