Researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and the University of Central Florida say they have developed a new class of fiber that will increase transmission capacity and mitigate the impending "capacity crunch" in communication networks caused by increasing bandwidth demand.
The researchers say the new fiber achieved the successful transmission of a record high 255 terabits/s, which is more than 20 times the current standard. The fiber has seven different cores through which the light can travel, instead of one in current state-of-the-art fibers.
The researchers also have introduced two additional orthogonal dimensions for data transportation. Combining the two technologies has enabled the researchers to achieve the record transmission speed.
"These remarkable results, supported by the European Union Framework 7, MODEGAP, definitely give the possibility to achieve Petabits/s transmission, which is the focus of the European Commission in the coming 7 year Horizon 2020 research programme," says TU/e professor Chigo Okonkwo. "The result also shows the key importance of the research carried out in Europe, and in particular at TU/e with other well-known teams around the world in high-capacity optical transmission systems."
From Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands)
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