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    Two Beams Are Better Than One – USC Viterbi

    The researchers’ breakthrough could help usher in the next generation of optical communications. (PHOTO CREDIT: Chris Kim) Han and Leia. George and Amal. Kermit and Miss Piggy. Gomez and Morticia. History’s greatest couples rely on communication to make them so strong their power cannot be denied. But that’s not just true for people (or Muppets), it’s also true for lasers. According to new research from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, recently published in Nature Photonics, adding two lasers together as a sort of optical “it couple” promises to make wireless communications faster and more secure than ever before. But first, a little background. Most laser-based communications — think fiber…