African researchers demonstrate a 100x increase in the amount of information that can be 'packed into light'.
The rise of big data and advances in information technology has serious implications for our ability to deliver sufficient bandwidth to meet the growing demand.
Researchers at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) are looking at alternative sources that will be able to take over where traditional optical communications systems are likely to fail in future.
Ref: Optical communication beyond orbital angular momentum. Scientific Reports (10 June 2016) | DOI: 10.1038/srep27674