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Optical Engineering

Prospective Vitreous Materials For Infrared Fiber Optics
Author(s): Bernard Bendow; Martin G. Drexhage
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Paper Abstract

Fiber optics operating in the mid-infrared (IR) offer the potential for lower losses and better tolerance to nuclear radiation than current silicate-based fibers. Moreover, mid-IR fibers may be useful for a variety of shorter distance applications such as laser surgery, spot welding, and infrared integrated optics. Although a wide array of potentially highly transmissive mid-IR materials are available in bulk form, most are not suitable for fiber fabrication. Recently, however, a variety of new multicomponent glasses based on the fluorides of heavy metals have been developed, which may offer the best prospects to date for high performance mid-IR fibers. A critical comparison of the advantages as well as the problems associated with various prospective materials and fiber fabrication techniques is given.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 1982
PDF: 4 pages
Opt. Eng. 21(1) doi: 10.1117/12.7972870
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 21, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Bernard Bendow, Rome Air Development Center (United States)
Martin G. Drexhage, Rome Air Development Center (United States)


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