Discovery could boost internet bandwidth

A new fibre optic technology could increase internet bandwidth capacity by sending data along light beams that twist like a tornado rather than move in a straight line.The discovery comes as internet data traffic is reaching its limit amid mounting demand for bandwidth by users of smartphones and internet-enabled devices, creating problems for network providers.The new technology uses optical vortices, which are like donut-shaped laser light beams. Also known as orbital angular momentum OAM beams, they were thought to be unstable in fibre until now.

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