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Reseachers Suggest Slowing Down Light to Speed Up the Net


If you've ever had a Maverick moment where you sit in front of your computer and yell: "I feel a need, a need for speed," you aren't alone. Researchers are constantly hypothesizing how they can make our already hasty Internet speeds faster and have recently come to a compelling conclusion. A magnitudinous increase in the speed of the Internet could be produced by slowing parts of it down, according to the BBC.

High-speed telecommunications routes include fibre-optic cables that span vast distances, carrying different streams of information in different channels—each with its own frequency of light. As data nears the end of its journey, these frequencies must be separated and sent to their destinations. The light must then be converted into electrical signals which are stored, routed, and turned back into optical signals with lasers. The conversion, besides adding significant cost and complexity, also slows down the data transmission.

Apparently, if the light signals could be slowed sufficiently during the switching process, there would be no need for the electrical conversion step. How you like them apples, Maverick?

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