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.
R. E. Jones,
"Fibre Optics And Superconductors: Competitive Or Complementary Technologies?", Proc. SPIE 1120, Fibre Optics '89, (29 October 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.960982; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.960982