How the fibre communications revolution began

Eleven early semiconductor laser packages

Eleven early semiconductor laser packages

An array of early semiconductor laser packages: Bottom row Left to Rt.: Crude chip clamp, Pill package, stud package, Stud bonded to optical fibre, Stud with optical connector, Stud with window & rear monitor guide. Top Row Left to Rt.: Stud plus fibre, Planar package for Hitchin-Stevenage, integrated monitor package, Undersea package (TAT-8), commercial laser module,

2016: Half a Century of Optical Fibre Communications

2016 was the 50th anniversary of the publication that started it all.

Optical Fibre has transformed our world yet is now almost completely ignored.

The reasons?:

  • It is largely hidden (beneath our streets and oceans).
  • No surviving commercial organisation has an interest in promoting the STL history.
  • Few remember just how poor global communications used to be.

Useful Links

For anyone who enjoyed STL

STL Quarter Century Club

For the full story of optical communication see

"City of Light - The Story of Fiber Optics" by Jeff Hecht

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