PHOTONICS: The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant
energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The range of applications of photonics extends
from energy generation to detection to communications and information processing.
Volume 46 Issue 2
44 | QUANTUM COMMUNICATION IS READY FOR ITS CLOSE-UP
by Hank Hogan, Contributing Editor
Poised for deployment, it has some technical issues that must be resolved.
Meanwhile, commercial viability is sought for quantum key distribution.
50 | LASERS EVOLVE TO MEET THE DEMANDS OF OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS
by Marie Freebody, Contributing Editor
To keep up with demand, can manufacturers increase laser speeds
while simultaneously decreasing component sizes?
54 | POWER DISTRIBUTION IMPROVES INDUSTRIAL LASER SYSTEMS
by Dave Proli, Marway Power Solutions
The quality, availability and distribution of electrical power are fundamental
to laser performance, longevity and uptime.
58 | WAVEGUIDES NEED CHARACTERIZATION, TOO
by Robert Ferguson, National Physical Laboratory, UK
Meticulous attenuation and isolation measurements are crucial
to the development of optical printed circuit boards.
61 | THE COMING MARKET FOR OPTICAL FIBER AND CABLE
by C. David Chaffee
The author explores the history and growth potential of this sector
as the demand for broadband intensifies.
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