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Fiber optic switching devices constructed from thermally stable materials
Author(s): A. Paige Clifton Furrow; Jennifer L. Grace; Jonathan A. Greene; Kent A. Murphy; Richard O. Claus
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Paper Abstract

In the past, optical fiber switches have typically been constructed from plastics or ceramics. However, the inability of these materials to operate effectively at high temperatures has greatly restricted the utilization of these devices. Recently, fiber optic switches have been manufactured from two thermally stable materials: carbon- carbon and BS50, a high temperature ceramic. The integration of these dimensionally stable materials into the fabrication of the optical switch will allow the switch to be utilized in an increased number of applications including optics, aerospace, mechanical, medical, and electronics. Preliminary testing included examining these new optical switches for structural damage due to the manufacturing process and testing the switches to demonstrate that the fibers could be realigned after processing. The tests concluded that no structural damage was induced, and the critical fiber realignment was achieved.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 February 1997
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3040, Smart Structures and Materials 1997: Smart Materials Technologies, (14 February 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.267132
Show Author Affiliations
A. Paige Clifton Furrow, Fiber and Sensor Technologies Inc. (United States)
Jennifer L. Grace, U.S. Precision Lens, Inc. (United States)
Jonathan A. Greene, Fiber and Sensor Technologies Inc. (United States)
Kent A. Murphy, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Richard O. Claus, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3040:
Smart Structures and Materials 1997: Smart Materials Technologies
Wilbur C. Simmons; Ilhan A. Aksay; Dryver R. Huston, Editor(s)

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