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Prospective Vitreous Materials For Infrared Fiber Optics
Author(s): Bernard Bendow; Martin G. Drexhage
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Paper Abstract

Fiber optics operating in the mid-infrared offer the potential for lower losses and better tolerance to nuclear radiation than current silicate-based fibers. Moreover, mid-IR fibers may be useful for a variety of shorter-distance applications such as laser surgery, spot welding and infrared integrated optics. Although a wide array of potentially highly-transmissive mid-IR materials are available in bulk form, most are not suitable for fiber fabrication. Recently, however, a variety of new multicomponent glasses based on the fluorides of heavy metals have been developed, which may offer the best prospects to date for high performance mid-IR fibers. A critical comparison of the advantages as well as the problems associated with various prospective materials and fiber fabrication techniques is given.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 July 1981
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0266, Infrared Fibers, (28 July 1981); doi: 10.1117/12.959893
Show Author Affiliations
Bernard Bendow, Rome Air Development Center (United States)
Martin G. Drexhage, Rome Air Development Center (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0266:
Infrared Fibers
Larry G. DeShazer; Charles Kao, Editor(s)

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