All fibers must come to an end at some point. When two fibers meet, there is a great potential for information loss if the junction isn't perfect. Polishing fibers by hand is a burdensome task, especially since the typical particle detector has miles of fiber optic cables. For the best results, we need a mirror finish on each end to prevent data loss. Similarly, if the fibers aren't fused properly, huge amounts of data can be lost.
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