Thursday, August 4, 2011

Application and uses of Total Internal Reflection

1. Optical Fibers
An optical fiber is a flexible, transparent fiber made of very pure glass (silica) not much wider than a human hair that acts as a waveguide, or "light pipe", to transmit light between the two ends of the fiber. The field of applied science and engineering concerned with the design and application of optical fibers is known as fiber optics. Optical fibers are widely used in fiber-optic communications, which permits transmission over longer distances and at higher bandwidths (data rates) than other forms of communication. Fibers are used instead of metal wires because signals travel along them with less loss and are also immune to electromagnetic interference. Fibers are also used for illumination, and are wrapped in bundles so they can be used to carry images, thus allowing viewing in tight spaces. Specially designed fibers are used for a variety of other applications, including sensors and fiber lasers.
This technology allows more data to be transferred faster and over a period of longer time as compared to normal internet cables. However, such technology is very expensive, if not I would've been able to have a smoother gameplay. 

Group members: Christopher Nah, Hao En

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