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Solar power based optical communications for IoT

September 27, 2018

The smart home of today takes walls full of wiring. The smart home of tomorrow will be wireless.…
Researchers Boost Efficiency and Stability of Optical Rectennas

January 29, 2018

The research team that announced the first optical rectenna in 2015 is now reporting a two-fold efficiency improvement…
Big energy savings: researchers build the world’s smallest electro-optic modulator

January 24, 2018

Researchers at Oregon State University have designed and fabricated the world’s smallest electro-optic modulator, which could mean major…
Researchers use sound waves to advance optical communication

January 23, 2018

Illinois researchers have demonstrated that sound waves can be used to produce ultraminiature optical diodes that are tiny…
Material could bring optical communication onto silicon chips

October 24, 2017

The huge increase in computing performance in recent decades has been achieved by squeezing ever more transistors into…
New technology can boost fibre-optic bandwidth

April 11, 2017

Danish start-up, Bifrost Communications, won the Danish Tech Challenge with a fibre system that can create faster internet…
Photonics Dawning as the Communications Light For Evolving NASA Missions

October 22, 2016

A largely unrecognized field called photonics may provide solutions to some of NASA’s most pressing challenges in future…
First-Ever Simultaneous Wavelength Conversion Technology with No Wavelength Restriction in Next-Generation Optical Networks

September 21, 2016

Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. and the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute HHI today announced the development of a new method…
NASA Takes Lasercom a Step Forward

October 24, 2015

A NASA-developed laser communication (lasercom) system made headlines in 2013 when it demonstrated record-breaking data download and upload…
Scientists Succeed in Quantum Key Distribution from Single-Photon Emitter at World-Record Distance of 120 km

September 29, 2015

Yesterday the Institute for Nano Quantum Information Electronics (Director: Professor Yasuhiko Arakawa), the University of Tokyo, in collaboration with…
Scientists reveal first results using new National Dark Fibre Infrastructure

September 26, 2015

Dark fibre is an optical fibre that users can access at the optical data level rather than the…
Laser-focused on Deep Space Communication

August 25, 2015

Today’s technology has all but eliminated time delays in telecommunication on Earth, but when they do occur they…
Sandia’s new fiber optic network is world’s largest

June 29, 2015

Sandia National Laboratories has become a pioneer in large-scale passive optical networks, building the largest fiber optical local…
Electrical Engineers Break Power and Distance Barriers for Fiber Optic Communication

June 27, 2015

Electrical engineers have broken key barriers that limit the distance information can travel in fiber optic cables and…
On the road to ubiquity

June 20, 2015

When the National Science Foundation (NSF) was founded in 1950, the laser didn’t exist. Some 65 years later,…
A Laser Beam’s Path Through NASA’s ICESat-2

June 17, 2015

Before beaming 300 miles to Earth’s surface, bouncing off the ground and travelling another 300 miles back into…
Crossing a critical threshold in optical communications

June 11, 2015

Researchers from Lehigh University, Japan and Canada have advanced a step closer to the dream of all-optical data…
OPALS Boosts Space-to-Ground Optical Communications Research

May 15, 2015

Ever wonder why stars seem to twinkle? This effect is produced by variations in the density of our atmosphere…
New Optical Materials Break Digital Connectivity Barriers

March 19, 2015

TAU researcher discovers novel nanoscale “metamaterial” could serve as future ultra-high-speed computing units From computers, tablets, and smartphones…
OPALS: Light Beams Let Data Rates Soar

December 10, 2014

You may know opals as fiery gemstones, but something special called OPALS is floating above us in space. On…
Laser link offers high-speed delivery between two satellites

December 1, 2014

Marking a first in space, Sentinel-1A and Alphasat have linked up by laser stretching almost 36 000 km…
Twisted light waves sent across Vienna

November 12, 2014

A group of researchers from Austria have sent twisted beams of light across the rooftops of Vienna. It…
First EDRS node on track for launch

October 30, 2014

The first component of Europe’s space data highway passed several critical tests this summer replicating the harsh launch…
First-of-its kind phase-coherent fiber laser array system

June 11, 2014

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s Computational and Information Science Directorate’s Intelligent Optics Team, and partners, recently developed, engineered,…
‘Hello, World!’ NASA Beams Video from Space Station via Laser

June 9, 2014

“Hello, World!” came the message from the International Space Station as NASA successfully beamed high-definition video via laser from space…
First broadband wireless connection … to the moon?!

May 23, 2014

If future generations were to live and work on the moon or on a distant asteroid, they would…
Laser-powered farewell to Moon mission

April 28, 2014

Just before NASA’s latest Moon mission ended last week, an ESA telescope received laser signals from the spacecraft,…
International Space Station to Beam Video via Laser Back to Earth

March 12, 2014

What’s more interesting than videos of cats chasing laser beams over the kitchen floor? How about videos sent…
A New Laser for a Faster Internet

February 21, 2014

A new laser developed by a research group at Caltech holds the potential to increase by orders of…
A Frequency Conversion Interface to the Telecommunications Band Using Nanophotonics

December 18, 2013

Using nanofabricated waveguides in a silicon-based platform, researchers from the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) have developed…
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