Proceedings PaperHard-plastic-clad silica optical fibers: the first decade
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Hard Plastic Clad Silica (HPCS) optical fibers were invented about a decade ago to improve on the original Plastic Clad Silica (PCS) optical fibers. Details of the invention/innovation process are reviewed along with the development of this new type of optical fiber structure. A compilation of the several types now offered in the USA, Japan and Europe is presented. The advantages and limitations of these fibers for a wide range of medical applications are reviewed. Finally a description of future developments and expanded products are suggested.