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The Role Of Standards In The Growth Of Fiber Optics Technology
Author(s): W B Gardner
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Paper Abstract

Activities of standards groups such as parameter definition and product and test method specification can influence component and system reliability. In addition to these tradi-tional activities, lightwave standards groups are beginning to take a more direct role in product reliability by creating procedures for quality conformance specification, process control and monitoring, and the qualification approval of manufacturers. Perhaps the best known function of standards groups is illustrated by their famous agreement in the late 1970's on 50/125 pm as the optical fiber core/cladding dimensions for trunk applications. There were several fiber sizes being offered at the time,1 and the agreement probably contributed to the rapid early growth of the lightwave industry. Standards groups engage in other activities besides product specification, and these activ-ities can affect product reliability in both direct and indirect ways. Some of the more common activities are summarized in this paper.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 February 1987
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 0717, Reliability Considerations in Fiber Optic Applications, (23 February 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.937477
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W B Gardner, AT&T Bell Laboratories (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0717:
Reliability Considerations in Fiber Optic Applications
Dilip K. Paul, Editor(s)

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