New glasses for optical fibres and their applications


Payne, D.N. (1995) New glasses for optical fibres and their applications. In, Proceedings of the 20th Australian Conference on Optical Fibre Technology (ACOFT '95). 20th Australian Conference on Optical Fibre Technology (ACOFT '95) Milsons Point, Australia, Institution of Radio and Electronics Engineers, 387-388.

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Over the past three decades, optical fibres based on high-purity silica have established themselves as perhaps the ultimate communications material. These global cobwebs of glass have revolutionized telecommunications, reaching virtually every populated region on earth and providing enormous bandwidth, the full extend of which has yet to be exploited. Passive waveguides are today being spliced together with lengths of fibre doped with the rare-earth ion erbium, providing optical fibre amplifiers which can boost a fading signal by three orders of magnitude. This combination of active and passive waveguides has made possible all-optical networks, with no electrical/optical interfaces except at the signal source and receiver and paved the way for global optical fibre telecommunications.

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Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > Optoelectronics Research Centre
ePrint ID: 76956
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:56
Publisher: Institution of Radio and Electronics Engineers
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/76956

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