The internet and the vast array of new network services rely on high-speed optical connections to get data from content platforms to consumers. Optical networks require two fundamental technologies: fiber optic cables and lasers. While each has a long history of independent development, in 1970 it became clear that fiber optics and lasers could be used together to create a revolutionary and economically practical approach to high-data-rate, long-distance communications. In this webinar, Geoff Bennett explains the series of scientific breakthroughs that led to the development of optical connections and how they have evolved to deliver new services. After this webinar you will understand the history of optical communication, how two different technologies can work together to deliver so much value to our society, and the basics of precision engineering down to the quantum level of scale. Originally aired June 17, 2020.
Published on: June 18, 2020