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How Corning Makes Super-Pure Glass for Fiber-Optic Cable

Corning Optical Communications is transforming the way the world connects, and has been since 1970 with the invention of low-loss optical fiber – a discovery for which Corning scientists Robert Maurer, Peter Shultz, an Donald Keck were awarded the National Medal of Technology in 2000.

In an excerpt from WIRED, “Fiber-optic cable is made in an almost incomprehensibly precise way. It has to be so pure, so clear, that it can transmit light over many dozens of miles without any boosting or encouragement, and without losing any of the information that has been encoded onto that light. To get that clarity, its manufacturers control every micron and every second of the manufacturing process.” Find out more about the science of fiber-optic cable manufacturing as a WIRED contributor recounts a recent interview with Corning physicist Claudio Mazzali.

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Corning Celebrates 45 Years of Optical Fiber

Corning Celebrates 45 Years of Optical Fiber

Corning inventors couldn’t imagine the revolution they were igniting with the first low-loss optical fiber.

Corning inventors couldn’t imagine the revolution they were igniting with the first low-loss optical fiber.

Innovations in Optical Fiber

Innovations in Optical Fiber

Services delivered over broadband have become a critical component of daily life, with features that we all expect, such as access, speed, and reliable connectivity.

Services delivered over broadband have become a critical component of daily life.

Corning Optical Communications Products

Corning Optical Communications Products

Spanning a broad range of end-to-end fiber and wireless solutions for communications networks.

Spanning a broad range of end-to-end fiber and wireless solutions for communications networks.