Optics

Nanodevice Maps the Angle of Light to Color and Vice Versa – IEEE Spectrum

https://spectrum.ieee.org/nanoclast/semiconductors/nanotechnology/nanodevice-maps-the-angle-of-light-to-color-and-vice-versa  An international team of researchers has added a small twist to typical light filters. They’ve fabricated a nanoscale device that divides incident light into its different component colors based on the direction the light is coming from. They’ve switched from making filters with equally spaced grooves to an aperiodic architecture wherein the grooves are not equally spaced. The research

New Laser Technique Promises Photonic Devices Inside of Silicon – IEEE Spectrum

https://spectrum.ieee.org/nanoclast/semiconductors/optoelectronics/new-laser-technique-promises-photonic-devices-inside-of-silicon When a laser beam modifies a material, those modifications can either be temporary or permanent, and the change can also be either extremely subtle or drastic. The modified material starts responding differently to the laser beam. Scientists have taken advantage of these interactions to create structures within silicon that enable photonic devices. “We can also imagine

They’re still selling incandescent flashlights? | EDN

https://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/power-points/4458907/They-re-still-selling-incandescent-flashlights-?utm_content=buffer6638a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=plus.google.com&utm_campaign=buffer   The writer of this article assumed that all flashlights would now be LED units, not incandescent, because of many benefits of LED. But in shop roughly one-third of the lights were LED, one-third were halogen, and one-third were incandescent. Why do they still have non-LED flashlights? This article looks for answer to this and teaches about

Fiber optic termination and splicing

We terminate fiber optic cable two ways – with connectors that can mate two fibers to create a temporary joint and/or connect the fiber to a piece of network gear or with splices which create a permanent joint between the two fibers. According to Which field-termination method best fits your fiber-optic LAN? article over the

Scientists Have Managed To Store Light As Sound For The First Time | IFLScience

http://www.iflscience.com/technology/scientists-have-managed-to-store-light-as-sound-for-the-first-time/ A team of researchers from the University of Sydney has managed to convert the digital information carried by light waves into sound waves inside a microchip. As reported in Nature Communications, the researchers were able to build a chip that slows down light by turning it into sound waves. “The information in our chip in acoustic

DIY optical power meter with SFP module and Arduino idea

Fifer optics power meter is an important tool for debugging fiber optics networks. I have earlier tested a cheap commercial fiber optic power meter a at Fiber optics power meter posting. Hardware hackers ares famous for building their own test equipment. The basic operation of optical power meter is quite simple: take a suitable detector,

High-Dimensional Quantum Encryption Performed in Real-World City Conditions for First Time

http://www.osa.org/en-us/about_osa/newsroom/news_releases/2017/high-dimensional_quantum_encryption_performed_in_r/ For the first time, researchers have sent a quantum-secured message containing more than one bit of information per photon through the air above a city. The demonstration showed that it could one day be practical to use high-capacity, free-space quantum communication to create a highly secure link between ground-based networks and satellites, a requirement

Fiber optic testing updates

Few days ago I read The remarkable evolution of modern fiber-optic connector inspection probes article tells about the current state of fiber inspection. Especially with multifiber connectors such as MPO, MT, and MXC microscopic connector endface dirt and debris cause light reflections and attenuation – the enemies of optimal optical signal transmission. Thankfully there now

A Photon Has Been Sent To Space Using Quantum Teleportation | IFLScience

http://www.iflscience.com/physics/a-photon-has-been-sent-to-space-using-quantum-teleportation/ Last month, Chinese researchers showed that quantum communication between Earth and space is possible, and now they have used the tech to send a photon to space using quantum teleportation. As this research shows, to create a truly global network for quantum communication, we will need quantum satellites.