Just how fast is your current Wi-Fi connection? Well, it seems that scientists have managed to figure out a new method of transportation for wireless data, where they managed to eke out a theoretical figure of 2.5 terabits of information for each second that passes by. To put things into perspective, that would translate to the Wi-Fi connection being up to more than eight times faster compared to Verizon’s fastest wired home Internet connection known as FiOS, which manages to eke out 300Mbps – which is rather paltry in comparison.
How about another mind boggling example? We are looking at complete transmission of seven full Blu-ray movies as the second hand on the clock ticks by once. The entire concept thought up by this brilliant team of American and Israeli researchers will rely on electromagnetic waves which normally carry data that have been twisted into vortex beams.
These twisted signals will rely on orbital angular momentum (OAM) so that it can ferry far more more data on a single stream compared to what we currently use, where Wi-Fi, LTE and COFDM protocols modulate the spin angular momentum (SAM) of radio waves instead of the OAM. Now, if only all of that theory can be put into practise – which is pretty much a long time to wait still, if ever.
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