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Effects of microgravity on ZBLAN optical fibers utilizing a sounding rocket
Author(s): Dennis S. Tucker; Guy A. Smith; Gary L. Workman; Sue O'Brien
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Paper Abstract

Samples of ZBLAN optical fiber were heated to the pulling and crystallization temperature in microgravity aboard a sounding rocket and on the ground at 1g. This was done in order to better understand the effects of gravity on the crystallization behavior of ZBLAN fibers. Samples heated in 1g at both temperatures crystallized. Samples heated to the crystallization temperature in microgravity were contaminated with water upon re-entry. Samples heated to the pulling temperature showed no evidence of crystallization in microgravity.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 1996
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2809, Space Processing of Materials, (12 July 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.244344
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Dennis S. Tucker, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Guy A. Smith, Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
Gary L. Workman, Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
Sue O'Brien, Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2809:
Space Processing of Materials
Narayanan Ramachandran, Editor(s)

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