Photonics will bring lighter, faster, more powerful and flexible networks to aircraft
When the first Boeing 787 for revenue service was delivered to All Nippon Airways last month, much of the spotlight focused on the aircraft's revolutionary composite materials, fuel-efficient engines, and health monitoring and reporting systems. But buried deep within the structure is a harbinger to another revolutionary aerospace technology: the role of the photon—the elementary particle of light. The science of photonics includes the generation, transmission, amplification, ...
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