optical fiber


Definition of optical fiber

: a single fiber-optic strand

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The Innsbruck team then injected this photon into a 50-kilometer-long section of optical fiber. Anil Ananthaswamy, Scientific American, "The Quantum Internet Is Emerging, One Experiment at a Time," 19 June 2019 The task: to send this photon through an optical fiber while preserving the entanglement. Anil Ananthaswamy, Scientific American, "The Quantum Internet Is Emerging, One Experiment at a Time," 19 June 2019 Researchers can then activate these cells by shining light on them through optical fibers. Quanta Magazine, "Light-Triggered Genes Reveal the Hidden Workings of Memory," 14 Dec. 2017 Each receiver is fed by a single optical fiber, but each fiber carries multiple signals using different wavelength channels. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Conservation of energy used to parallelize quantum key distribution," 17 Dec. 2018 Scientists first surgically implanted a loop of optical fibers — a primitive prototype of high-tech cochlear implants that could one day be used in humans — into the gerbils’ inner ear. Justin Chen, STAT, "Pulses of light restored hearing in gerbils. Could that lead to higher-tech cochlear implants?," 11 July 2018 In this experiment, researchers sent laser light through an optical fiber in a precise way to simulate the edge of a black hole. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Just Experimentally Proved One of Hawking's Wildest Theories," 23 Jan. 2019 To pack more data into a single optical fiber, the data is divided across different colors of light, called wavelength division multiplexing. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "661Tbps through a single optical fiber: The mind boggles," 1 Aug. 2018 To use the optical fiber analog: after the photon is split to go down two different paths, the left path should be subject to different couplings and path lengths relative to the right path. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Wandering Bose-Einstein condensate may lead to scalable quantum computer," 29 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of optical fiber

1962, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of optical fiber

technical : a long, thin, glass or plastic thread that carries information in the form of light : a fiber-optic thread

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Kids Definition of optical fiber

: a single fiber used in fiber optics

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Medical Definition of optical fiber

: a single fiber-optic strand

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