How the fibre communications revolution began

Image of light from quasi-single-mode fibre

Images of light emitted from quasi-single-mode optical fibre

Images of the laser light emitted from far end of a quasi-single-moded optical fibre. Onlythe top Left is truly Single Mode propagation

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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