4-8 July 2016
Kramer Law building
The Proceedings of SAIP2016 published on 24 December 2017
NON-SPECIALIST LECTURE: Optical Fibre Communication: Silica Information Super-Highways
Presented by Dr. Timothy GIBBON on 6 Jul 2016 from 09:40 to 10:20
Type: Oral Presentation
Track: Track A - Division for Physics of Condensed Matter and Materials
High speed Internet and global connectivity are indispensable aspects of modern lifestyle. Optical communication technologies form the cornerstone of broadband connectivity. Information transmitted through an optical fibre undergoes various effects as the lightwave signal interacts with the silica material. These material interactions include attenuation, dispersion, non-linear and polarization effects. In this non-specialist lecture, these effects and their impact on network performance, bitrate and reach are presented. The evolution of optical fibre material for long-haul, fibre-to-the-home and big data projects is also discussed.