The time telescope could speed up optical communication by over 27 times. (Photo: Wikimedia, released under cc by-sa)
This silicon chip, called a time lens, is patterned with waveguides that split optical signals and combine them with laser light to speed data rates. (Photo: A. Gaeta/Cornell University)
Most of today's telecommunication data is encoded at a speed of 10 Gbit/s, but researchers are constantly looking for new ways to push this limit even further. A group of researchers at Cornell University have recently come up with the "time telescope," a sophisticated system that can speed up optical communication by 27 times to an outstanding 270 Gbits/s by squeezing more information into a single flash of light and that, unlike previous solutions, does so in an energy-efficient manner.
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