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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 37, Iss. 15 — May. 20, 1998
  • pp: 3198–3200

Is polar bear hair fiber optic?

Daniel W. Koon  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 37, Issue 15, pp. 3198-3200 (1998)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.37.003198


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Abstract

New direct measurement of high optical attenuation rates in polar bear hairs—2–8 dB/mm in the visible—and reanalysis of the data of Tributsch et al. [ Sol. Energy Mater.21, 219 (1990)] seem to rule out the UV waveguiding proposed by Grojean et al. [ Appl. Opt.19, 339 (1980)]. The case against fiber-optic polar bear hairs is summarized, and four conditions are given that any variation of the model of Grojean et al. would have to satisfy.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.0060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics and optical communications
(060.2290) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber materials
(120.7000) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Transmission
(160.2290) Materials : Fiber materials
(170.3660) Medical optics and biotechnology : Light propagation in tissues
(300.1030) Spectroscopy : Absorption

History
Original Manuscript: August 28, 1997
Revised Manuscript: December 24, 1997
Published: May 20, 1998

Citation
Daniel W. Koon, "Is polar bear hair fiber optic?," Appl. Opt. 37, 3198-3200 (1998)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-37-15-3198

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