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On-chip photonic interconnects are a step closer, with a successful demonstration of soliton compression in silicon from Australia's CUDOS research centre. In a Nature Communications report, a team from CUDOS demonstrates that solitons can be both observed and harnessed in silicon-based photonic systems. Solitons in fibre optic …

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Kudos to CUDOS.

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Needed to go to the original article to grok this. Never heard of solitons before.

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"Never heard of solitons before"

Same here. And whilst that may be a tribute to my ignorance, I like to think I'm pretty well educated and well informed, so I doubt there's just the two of us. Perhaps in addition to dribbling on about cat poo in quiet cul-de-sacs, the Reg could actually do a bit of journalism.

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Same here. Only I still have no idea what they are, beyond "like a wave but not really".

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re: Never heard of solitons before

You haven't been spending enough time hauling goods along the UK's canal system then! Or just watching the canals, as John Scott Russell did. Ok, I admit I couldn't remember his name without looking it up, but this should suggest some experiments you can try at home, if your bath is big enough:

http://www.ma.hw.ac.uk/solitons/press.html

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Re: re: Never heard of solitons before

if your bath is big enough

and your arse resembles a barge ;-)

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Thank heavens it's not just me. I have now read the Wikipedia article "In mathematics and physics, a soliton is a self-reinforcing solitary wave (a wave packet or pulse) that maintains its shape while it travels at constant speed." but feel I should point out that "read" and "understood" are not synonyms.

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