Optical Society of America

Bake your own droplet lens

A droplet of clear liquid can bend light, acting as a lens. Now, by exploiting this well-known phenomenon, researchers have developed a new process to create inexpensive high quality lenses that will cost less than a penny ...

dateApr 24, 2014 in Optics & Photonics
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When disaster strikes: Safeguarding networks

Disasters both natural and human-caused can damage or destroy data and communications networks. Several presentations at the 2014 OFC Conference and Exposition, being held March 9-13 in San Francisco, Calif., USA will present ...

dateMar 05, 2014 in Telecom
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New record set for data-transfer speeds

Researchers at IBM have set a new record for data transmission over a multimode optical fiber, a type of cable that is typically used to connect nearby computers within a single building or on a campus. The achievement demonstrated ...

dateFeb 25, 2014 in Telecom
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A step closer to a photonic future

The future of computing may lie not in electrons, but in photons – that is, in microprocessors that use light instead of electrical signals. But these so-called photonic devices are typically built using customized methods ...

dateFeb 19, 2014 in Optics & Photonics
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