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Effects of sterilization on optical and mechanical reliability of specialty optical fibers and terminations
Author(s): Andrei A. Stolov; Edward T. Warych; William P. Smith; Paula L. Fournier; Adam S. Hokansson; Jie Li; R. Steve Allen
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Paper Abstract

Optical fibers and terminations were subjected to different sterilization techniques, including multiple autoclaving and treatments with peracetic acid, E-beam and UV radiation. Effects of different sterilization techniques on key optical and mechanical properties of the fibers and the terminations were revealed. The primary attention was given to behavior of the coatings on the fibers and adhesives used in the terminations in harsh sterilization environments. The optical fibers with following four coating/buffer types were investigated: (i) dual acrylate, (ii) polyimide, (iii) silicone/PEEK and (iv) fluoroacrylate hard cladding/ETFE.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 February 2014
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8938, Optical Fibers and Sensors for Medical Diagnostics and Treatment Applications XIV, 893806 (20 February 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2036864
Show Author Affiliations
Andrei A. Stolov, OFS, Specialty Photonics Div. (United States)
Edward T. Warych, OFS, Specialty Photonics Div. (United States)
William P. Smith, OFS, Specialty Photonics Div. (United States)
Paula L. Fournier, OFS, Specialty Photonics Div. (United States)
Adam S. Hokansson, OFS, Specialty Photonics Div. (United States)
Jie Li, OFS, Specialty Photonics Div. (United States)
R. Steve Allen, OFS, Specialty Photonics Div. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8938:
Optical Fibers and Sensors for Medical Diagnostics and Treatment Applications XIV
Israel Gannot, Editor(s)

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