Proceedings PaperFibre Optics And Superconductors: Competitive Or Complementary Technologies?
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The recent advent of materials showing superconducting properties at temperatures above the boiling point of liquid nitrogen (77 K ), and the prospect of room temperature superconductivity, have resulted in a number of suggestions as to how superconductors will penetrate the electronics, telecommunications and sensor marketplaces. Fibre optics and optoelectronics now occupy a significant sector of these markets and are seeking to expand into others such as optical interconnect and sensors. Will super-conductors compete with fibres, or even replace them for low-loss telecommunication cables, ultra-high speed interconnect and high precision sensors? This paper seeks to address these considerations, and to provide some design pointers as to where these different technologies may best be employed.