We didn’t invent the twisting of light, but we took the concept and ramped it up to a terabit-per-second,” Willner told The Bunsen Burner. “You’re able to do things with light that you can’t do with electricity. That’s the beauty of light; it’s a bunch of photons that can be manipulated in many different ways at very high-speed.”
The technology has practical applications in satellite transmission and even fiber optics. Not that we will see it in the near future though. Well, at least not in use by the general public. It is still pretty interesting information. In a nut shell, the process involves manipulating ’phase holograms’ to eight beams into a DNA style helix. The end result is a beam of light that can carry all the needed 1′s and 0′s independently per beam.
Ya, I want that at my house… Could you imagine if this hit cell carriers? 2GB limit, geez, gone just turning your device on.
Source: The Bunsen Burner