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Current status of commercially available plastic optical fiber
Author(s): Tomoyoshi Yamashita
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Paper Abstract

Gigabit-data transmission has been made possible by using a graded index type plastic optical fiber with dopants. However, there remains the problem of bandwidth which decreases due to dopant diffusion. Recently, two kinds of dopants with a very low diffusibility, triphenylphosphate and tricresylphosphate, have been found. On the other hand, for a step index type POF (SI-POF), quite a degree of improvement in its bandwidth can be achieved by reducing the numerical aperture (NA) of the POF so that a megabit-data transmissions made possible. This low NA-POF has enough reliability for practical use. Furthermore, we succeeded in developing a new type of broadband POF consisting of a multiphase polymer, with an excellent heat resistance and a bandwidth performance much broader than that of the low NA SI-POF.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 September 1997
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3135, Precision Plastic Optics for Optical Storage, Displays, Imaging, and Communications, (22 September 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.279150
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Tomoyoshi Yamashita, Mitsubishi Rayon Co., Ltd. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3135:
Precision Plastic Optics for Optical Storage, Displays, Imaging, and Communications
Werner F. Frank, Editor(s)

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