optical fiber


Definition of optical fiber

: a single fiber-optic strand

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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 Meanwhile, China is also slapping new tariffs on U.S. optical fiber. David Meyer, Fortune, "Xiaomi Surge, Trade War and Tesla, Uber and Lime: CEO Daily for July 10, 2018," 10 July 2018 To try to answer that question, a team of German bioengineers surgically installed coiled strips of optical fibers in the ears of deaf gerbils. Justin Chen, STAT, "Pulses of light restored hearing in gerbils. Could that lead to higher-tech cochlear implants?," 11 July 2018 Instead, the ball is placed within a few nanometers of an optical fiber, which allows the light to leak across the gap to the ball. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Spinning glass ball rejects light from one direction," 27 June 2018 In the future, the team hopes to put its technology to more practical uses by affixing microstructures that can detect specific molecules onto optical fibers. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Scientists Built the World’s Smallest House," 24 May 2018 American optical components go into its optical fiber networks. Raymond Zhong, New York Times, "Chinese Tech Giant May Be First Victim of a New U.S. Cold War," 9 May 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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