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Creating Optical Cables Out of Thin Air

Imagine being able to instantaneously run an optical cable or fiber to any point on earth, or even into space.
That’s what Howard Milchberg, professor of physics and electrical and computer engineering at the University of Maryland, wants to do.
In a paper published in the July 2014 issue of the journal Optica, Milchberg and his lab report using an “air waveguide” to enhance light signals collected from distant sources. These air waveguides could have many applications,

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