Isaac Nape – The South African who is changing the fibre game

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Isaac Nape – The South African who is changing the fibre game

A research team at Wits has discovered how to use quantum physics to improve data transmission across fibre networks.

Wits PhD student Isaac Nape worked alongside his supervisor and a team from China to ensure that data security is increased on fibre networks.

“Our team showed that multiple patterns of light are accessible through conventional optical fibre that can only support a single pattern,” said Nape.

“We achieved this ‘quantum trick’ by engineering the entanglement of two photons. We sent the polarised photon down the fibre line and accessed many other patterns with the other photon.”
 

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This dude blows my mind! Hardcore science that is a total passion and hobby, that you get to make a living from, AND hopefully change the world a little bit. Well done!!!!
 

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That is pretty awesome - glad to see South African pushing the science and not just re-inventing
 

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I wish the media would stop reporting like this. This was an international effort by mostly other universities allowing Wits to be in on it. They played a small role but hey that doesn't go with the BEE narrative. It also makes zero difference to fibre networks as it's a specialty case like intelligence networks.
 

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I wish the media would stop reporting like this. This was an international effort by mostly other universities allowing Wits to be in on it. They played a small role but hey that doesn't go with the BEE narrative. It also makes zero difference to fibre networks as it's a specialty case like intelligence networks.
Shame you have such an inferiority complex. Remind us all again what you’ve contributed to any STEM field ?
 

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Shame you have such an inferiority complex. Remind us all again what you’ve contributed to any STEM field ?
LOL. You've been so conditioned you're not even capable of seeing it.
 

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LOL. You've been so conditioned you're not even capable of seeing it.
There you go again showing your insecurities. It’s okay Swa you either have it or you don’t, we all know which category you fall into.

Perhaps you’re just racist and think the individual did not earn his spot in the PhD program, you did mention BEE after all... so is that is hmm?

Don’t worry your job is safe with your certificates and all that.
 
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I wish the media would stop reporting like this. This was an international effort by mostly other universities allowing Wits to be in on it. They played a small role but hey that doesn't go with the BEE narrative. It also makes zero difference to fibre networks as it's a specialty case like intelligence networks.
Tell us more about this research, you seem to know quite a bit about it
 

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There you go again showing your insecurities. It’s okay Swa you either have it or you don’t, we all know which category you fall into.

Perhaps you’re just racist and think the individual did not earn his spot in the PhD program, you did mention BEE after all... so is that is hmm?

Don’t worry your job is safe with your certificates and all that.
LOL. You keep showing your ignorance. We all know if it was a white guy it would have barely got a mention instead of news media reporting about this guy who did it all on his own or somehow had a major contribution in it. But keep going with your whataboutism, it's really amusing.
 

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Tell us more about this research, you seem to know quite a bit about it
It's about the field in general. Quantum entanglement is where two particles share the same state and what happens to one also happens to the other. This can be exploited to give an indication that a state has been observed. The issue is that even observing such an indication results in a state change. There are ways around it using multiple entangled states. This particular method seems to use a method of circular polarising the light so more than one state can be sent over a conventional link.

The international community has been doing this research for decades. It doesn't increase the security of communication in general as nobody is going to implement it for ordinary communication and it's also not about speed or capacity.
 

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It's about the field in general. Quantum entanglement is where two particles share the same state and what happens to one also happens to the other. This can be exploited to give an indication that a state has been observed. The issue is that even observing such an indication results in a state change. There are ways around it using multiple entangled states. This particular method seems to use a method of circular polarising the light so more than one state can be sent over a conventional link.

The international community has been doing this research for decades. It doesn't increase the security of communication in general as nobody is going to implement it for ordinary communication and it's also not about speed or capacity.
You just sound petty and bitter, tbh. There are very few developments or inventions in the world that appear in a contextual vacuum. You could say the exact same thing for pretty much any invention, except those discovered by accident, they are all part of a global context of research within a general field. It takes nothing away from his achievements or the work he is doing
 

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You just sound petty and bitter, tbh. There are very few developments or inventions in the world that appear in a contextual vacuum. You could say the exact same thing for pretty much any invention, except those discovered by accident, they are all part of a global context of research within a general field. It takes nothing away from his achievements or the work he is doing
Then frame it as such and not as a lonely guy from a single university. You know what the case is here and why it's being done but you won't admit it.
 
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