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Chapter 6:
Fiber Materials, Structure, and Manufacture
Materials are crucial to the performance of optical fibers. Without ultrapure glass, fiberoptic communications would be impractical. This chapter describes requirements for fiber-optic materials, the types of materials used, and how they are made into fibers. It also covers a few unusual types of fibers, including photonic fibers and planar waveguides. Specialty fibers used for functions other than light transmission are covered in Chapter 7.
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