PerspectiveOptics

The Internet of Tomorrow

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Science  08 Dec 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5498, pp. 1907-1908
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5498.1907

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The unsatiable demand for more bandwidth threatens to lead to the Internet's collapse. In his Perspective, Joiner explains that new optical technologies are the key to resolving both today's "last-mile" bottleneck and future intrasystem bottlenecks. At the core of the new technology lies the vertical cavity surface emitting laser.