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Influence of solubility on the reliability of optical fiber
Author(s): M. John Matthewson; Vincenzo V. Rondinella; Charles R. Kurkjian
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Paper Abstract

Recent advances in the understanding of reliability of silica optical fiber indicate that the chemical durability of the fiber can control the long duration lifetime both under stress- induced fatigue and zero-stress aging conditions. In particular, dissolution of surface material produces strength degrading surface roughness. These mechanisms are discussed and strategies for improving reliability by inhibiting dissolution are examined. As an example, a modified polymer coating formulation is described that is shown to increase the lifetime of the fiber by up to a factor of thirty-fold. Strategies for improving the strength and durability of non-oxide fibers using a similar approach are also discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 February 1993
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1791, Optical Materials Reliability and Testing: Benign and Adverse Environments, (25 February 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.141183
Show Author Affiliations
M. John Matthewson, Rutgers Univ. (United States)
Vincenzo V. Rondinella, Rutgers Univ. (United States)
Charles R. Kurkjian, AT&T Bell Labs. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1791:
Optical Materials Reliability and Testing: Benign and Adverse Environments
Roger A. Greenwell; Dilip K. Paul, Editor(s)

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