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Production Of Far Infrared Glass Fiber
Author(s): A. Ray Hilton; A. Ray Hilton; James McCord
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Paper Abstract

Direct application of the experience gained in preparing optical fibers for visual or very near infrared use has not produced good results in the far IR, 8-llμm. Joint efforts between suppliers of infrared transmitting (chalcogenide) glasses and those versed in the production of silicate glass fibers have met with only modest success. Perhaps oxide glass fiber methods are not compatible with the production of chalcogenide glasses. Separation of the glass production from the fiber production across organizational lines is another handicap preventing free flow of information. After participating in two such programs, Amorphous Materials concluded that a successful program would require that both activities be carried out together. This paper reports the results of efforts at Amorphous Materials to produce fibers in a manner compatible with chalcogenide glass production. Areas emphasized and discussed are: (1) Selection of glass composition from the standpoint of glass quality and fiber properties, (2) Fiber production designed to preserve bulk glass quality, (3) Fiber evaluation results, (4) Low level absorption glass production.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 June 1989
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1048, Infrared Fiber Optics, (2 June 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.951386
Show Author Affiliations
A. Ray Hilton, Amorphous Materials, Inc. (United States)
A. Ray Hilton, Amorphous Materials, Inc. (United States)
James McCord, Amorphous Materials, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1048:
Infrared Fiber Optics
James A. Harrington; Abraham Katzir, Editor(s)

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