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  • Vol. 15, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 1976
  • pp: 3029–3036

Binary silica optical fibers: refractive index and profile dispersion measurements

H. M. Presby and I. P. Kaminow  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 15, Issue 12, pp. 3029-3036 (1976)

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The variation of the core–cladding refractive index difference Δn(λ) is determined as a function of wavelength for GeO2-SiO2, B2O3-SiO2, TiO2-SiO2, P2O5-SiO2, Al2O3-SiO2, and Cs2O-SiO2 optical fibers. The measurements are obtained by electronically processing the output of an interference microscope illuminated by a monochromatic light source variable over the 0.5–1.1-μm range. The Δn(λ) results are utilized to calculate the precise grading of the refractive index profile characterized by an exponent α(λ) required to achieve a minimum modal dispersion. The material dispersion for these compositions is also calculated with the aid of available n(λ) data for SiO2.

© 1976 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: May 7, 1976
Published: December 1, 1976

H. M. Presby and I. P. Kaminow, "Binary silica optical fibers: refractive index and profile dispersion measurements," Appl. Opt. 15, 3029-3036 (1976)

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