Fiber Optic Friday!!



Happy Fiber Optic Friday Everyone!! Here are four fun facts about fiber optics for you to kick off the weekend with!!

1. Fiber optics use Light! Thats right, no electricity passes through fiber optic cables. This also means there is no heat (and no fire hazards!!).

2. Fiber optics are green!! Since fiber optics use no electricity, there is less energy flowing threw them!! Less power means less carbon output and lower emissions!!

3. Fiber optics aren’t influenced by the weather!! Yup you heard that correctly, fiber optics can’t be influenced by rain, heat, or snow!

4. Fiber optics makes a house worth more!! Fiber optic services add a whopping $5,000 to the perceived value of a home! WOW!!

Fiber Optics go Biocompatible!!

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It’s fiber optic Friday and we are pumped! In celebration of our favorite day of the week, and the upcoming weekend, we found an article about fiber optics being biocompatible. Due to the fact that fiber optics use glass tubes, they have not been compatible with biological systems. A team at the Massachusetts General Hospital found that flexible and biocompatible hydrogels may are able to bring optical fibers to biological systems. To read more about the advancements they have been making in Massachusetts Here!!

Fun facts for fiber optic Friday!!

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Happy fiber optic Friday everyone!! Here are seven fun facts about fiber optics to kick off your weekend with!

1. Fiber optics can bring up the value of your home by $5,000!!

2. NASA uses fiber optics because they are lightweight!

3. Fiber optics are good for the environment!! They use less energy than other methods and leave a smaller carbon footprint!

4. Fiber optics are old! The technology has actually been around since the 1870’s!!

5. Fiber optics are secure! It is much more expensive and difficult to tap into fiber optics than it is with copper and normal wiring

6. Sharks are trying to eat the internet! They have been chewing on cables that are installed underwater.

7. The internet’s undersea backbone is built to last for the next 25 years! Wow!

Fiber Optic Friday!


Our favorite day of the week is here again, happy fiber optic Friday everyone! In honor of #FOF we decided to post about a new microscope developed using fiber optics that is helping scientists get deeper into the brain to explore!!

A team of Neuroscientists and bioengineers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus created a miniature, fiber-optic microscope that is able to look deep into the brain. Most microscopes only go about a millimeter into the brain, and a lot of important things we want to see are much deeper. The fiber optic lens also allows you to adjust the lens, while most current models are fixed. The microscope works fast and is not motion sensitive, giving scientists and doctors a much clearer view of what’s inside.

The microscope has a thin fiber optic cord that is mounted on the head so the person, or animal, can move while the brain is being examined. Parts of the brain like the amygdala will now be available to look at for the first time. This new advance will help with understanding brain disease and creating new treatments. One small step for fiber optics, one giant leap for mankind!!

Happy fiber optic Friday everyone!

Fiber Optics Applications Expansion in the Oil and Gas Industry!!


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Happy Fiber Optic Friday everyone!!

Fiber Optics have been used in the oil and gas industry since the 1990’s to help with digital temperature sensing. Now another type of fiber optic sensor, the distributed accounting sensor (DAS), has been gaining popularity and is going to add value to the fiber optic sensors currently used to monitor wells, oil and gas pipelines, and reservoirs. These sensors will help with pipeline leak detection.

They have been working to fully develop this since 2007 and it is now starting to take off!! The sensing technology includes pressure and temperature gauges, distributed temperature sensing, array temperature sensing, flow measurement and seismic sensors. Since fiber optics are immune to electromagnetic interference, these monitors are a lot more accurate. The fiber optics are able to act as the sensing method and the transmission medium!! Another advantage to fiber optics is that they are able to be used at high temperatures and in high pressure environments.

Though the declining gas prices may cause a problem for funding, researchers believe that they will not affect their research of fiber optics and the technology of the DAS will continue on. Want to continue the fiber optic Friday fun?! Read more on Rigzone!

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