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Specialty optical fiber products for sensor applications
Author(s): Paul E. Sanders
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Paper Abstract

3M has developed and commercialized a line of specialty single-mode fibers to meet the unique requirements of advanced fiber optic sensor applications. 3M implements a dual- technology approach which combines novel materials technology with optical waveguide design to produce high-performance fibers which have been qualified in many military and aerospace programs. The 3M product offering includes high numerical aperture single-mode fibers which tightly confine the guided mode to resist bending losses in miniature sensor packaging configurations. 3M offers a complete line of polarization-control fiber products to allow all-fiber construction of sensor optical circuits. Standard polarization-maintaining fibers that feature reduced size and high numerical aperture are designed specifically for use in high- density, miniature sensor coil applications. 3M single-polarization (polarizing) fiber is remarkably versatile, enabling system construction and packaging previously limited by conventional polarizer technology. All 3M polarization-control products employ unique coating and packaging materials to meet demanding optical and mechanical specifications from -55 degree(s)C to +85 degree(s)C. Fiber specifications and performance data, including radiation performance, will be presented along with strength and reliability data.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 1994
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2292, Fiber Optic and Laser Sensors XII, (1 November 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.191847
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Paul E. Sanders, 3M Specialty Optical Fibers (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2292:
Fiber Optic and Laser Sensors XII
Ramon P. DePaula, Editor(s)

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