Scientists Working on Time Cloak Technology

Would cloak data during transfer


When temporal cloaking devices — or "time cloaks," a type of fiber optic connection that can hide the transfer of data — were first proposed in a 2010 paper, they were only able to hide data for extraordinarily brief moments and only on rare occasions. But research published today in Nature is making a big leap forward. Researchers at Purdue University have now determined a method that hides data 46 percent of the time, and it even works at the full speed of common fiber optic networks. The cloaking technology is still in its very early stages, but it could eventually be used to secure sensitive information and to advance common communication tools.