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Light and lasers

Optical fibres

An optical fibre is a thin rod of high-quality glass. Very little light is absorbed by the glass. Light getting in at one end undergoes repeated total internal reflection, even when the fibre is bent, and emerges at the other end.

the light ray enters the fibre at one end and is reflected out at the other end

Optical fibre

Information such as computer data and telephone calls can be converted into electrical signals. These can be carried through cables, or transmitted as microwaves or radio waves. However, the information can also be converted into either visible light signals or infrared signals, and transmitted by optical fibres.

Optical fibres

Optical fibres are also used in endoscopes that allow surgeons to see inside their patients.

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