Why are fibre-optic systems revolutionising the market?  When compared to conventional metal wire (copper wire), optical fibres are:

  • Thinner - Optical fibres can be drawn to smaller diameters than copper wire
  • Higher carrying capacity - Because optical fibres are thinner than copper wires, more fibres can be bundled into a given-diameter cable than copper wires
  • Less signal degradation - The loss of signal in optical fibre is less than in copper wire / conventional slip rings (Graphite or Gold Wire)
  • Light signals - Unlike electrical signals in copper wires, light signals from one fibre do not interfere with those of other fibres in the same cable unlike conventional slip rings (Graphite or Gold Wire)
  • Low power - Because signals in optical fibres degrade less, lower-power transmitters can be used instead of the high-voltage electrical transmitters needed for copper wires
  • Digital signals - Optical fibres are ideally suited for carrying digital information due to the virtually unlimited bandwidth capability of fibre optics
  • Lightweight - An optical cable weighs less than a comparable copper wire cable. Fibre-optic cables take up less space
  • Flexible - Because fibre optics are so flexible and can transmit and receive light, they are used in many flexible digital cameras for the following purposes:  
- Medical imaging - in bronchoscopes, endoscopes, laparoscopes 
- Mechanical imaging - inspecting mechanical welds in pipes and engines 
   (in airplanes, rockets, space shuttles, cars) 
- Plumbing - to inspect sewer lines 

Because of these advantages, you see fibre optics in many industries.

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