Thought for the month

“You know," said Arthur, "it's at times like this, when I'm trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of asphyxiation in deep space that I really wish I'd listened to what my mother told me when I was young." "Why, what did she tell you?" "I don't know, I didn't listen.” From The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams, Author (1952-2001)

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Optical link

Stanford engineers have designed and built a prism-like device that can split a beam of light and bend it at right angles a further step in their aim of developing nanophotonics and optical computing. The full paper is available here describing the optical link, a slice of silicon etched with a grating to split two different wavelengths of light at right angles separating O-band (1300 nm) and C-band (1550 nm) light into separate waveguides

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