optical fiber

noun

: a single fiber-optic strand

Examples of optical fiber in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cell towers have back-up technology built in, but this is typically done through optical fiber cables or microwave (wireless) links, according to Dimitris Mavrakis, senior researcher at ABI Research. Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN, 9 Aug. 2023 In addition to the proof-of-concept tiny wine glass and optical resonator, the authors printed a tiny version of the KTH logo, a cantilever, and a conical spiral, as well as a silica glass optical fiber tip. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 7 July 2023 In one early vacuum test before launch, for example, the system’s optical fibers melted because heat couldn’t be wicked away fast enough. IEEE Spectrum, 29 Dec. 2023 When laser power becomes strong enough in optical fibers, the light can interact with phonons. IEEE Spectrum, 6 Dec. 2023 Researchers described the optical fiber and a variety of ways it was put through its paces in model mice in a paper in Nature Methods, published 19 October. IEEE Spectrum, 1 Nov. 2023 Gallium and germanium have wide-ranging uses, including in optical fibers, LEDs, solar panels, infrared sensors, radiation detectors, and advanced computer chips. IEEE Spectrum, 10 Oct. 2023 The pulses of infrared light were delivered by an optical fiber that ended 500 micrometres from the embryo. Eliza Strickland, Discover Magazine, 16 Aug. 2010 Germanium is a hard, grayish-white and brittle metalloid that is used in the production of optical fibers that can transmit light and electronic data. Laura He, CNN, 11 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1962, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of optical fiber was in 1962

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“Optical fiber.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/optical%20fiber. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

optical fiber

noun
: a single fiber-optic strand

Medical Definition

optical fiber

noun
: a single fiber-optic strand
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