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28 September 1999 Materials issues in the development and use of lightguide fibers, cables, and components
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Lightguide technology is now considered to be mature. Indeed, improvements in all aspects of this technology over the years have been most impressive - multimode to singlemode fiber, electronic to optical amplification and the newest and perhaps the most important: the use of WDM and DWDM technologies. In spite of these striking advances, the very nature of the silica lightguide material poses reliability issues which have not yet been fully resolved or in some cases even confronted. These issues by and large have to do with the intrinsic brittle nature of the glass material. In order to assure reliable performance of these lightguide fibers in telecommunications service environments, coating and cabling technologies developed over the past two decades have evolved to give robust fiber optic cables, devices and components. In this presentation, we review key materials issues in the development and use of lightguide technology in telecommunications. Furthermore, we analyze current trends and discuss major materials reliability issues that need to be resolved for further developments in future applications of optical fibers, fiber optic cables and fiber-based components.
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O. S. Gebizlioglu, Charles R. Kurkjian, and Leslie A. Reith "Materials issues in the development and use of lightguide fibers, cables, and components", Proc. SPIE 10295, Reliability of Optical Fibers and Optical Fiber Systems: A Critical Review, 1029505 (28 September 1999);


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