This website uses cookies to deliver some of our products and services as well as for analytics and to provide you a more personalized experience. Visit our Cookie Notice to learn more.

By continuing to use this site, you agree to our use of cookies. We’ve also updated our Privacy Notice. Visit our Privacy Policy to see what’s new.

September, 1983

Fiber Optics Leap Into the 21st Century

The date is March 10, 2026. The place is Tuckerton, New Jersey, where assorted dignitaries have gathered for an historical event. For this is the day an infinitesimal laser will send lightwaves across the Atlantic Ocean to a receiving unit in Widemouth, England. While fiber optic transmission systems have been sending photons across the Atlantic and other oceans for almost 40 years now, this is the first system that will send a beam of light this distance without a boost along the way. This event, timed to be 150 years to the day after Alexander Graham Bell's historic telephone message: “Mr. Watson, come here, I want you,” is in many ways no less an accomplishment than Bell's original discovery. It will mark a milestone in communications, the perfection of a fiber optic transmission system.

Laser Surgery Cures

Laser technology is beginning to make many surgical procedures less painful for the patient and his pocketbook. But more important are prospects for treating conditions that cannot be dealt with effectively by other means. The principal attraction for surgeons is the laser's exquisite precision. In fact there's a whole range of precisions available: spatial, temporal, power, and wavelength, not to mention precision of delivery through fiber-optic endoscopes.

Other content is not available for issues prior to 2002. Please contact to request specific articles.

Recent Issues

June 2018 June 2018
May 2018 May 2018
April 2018 April 2018