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  • Vol. 20, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 1981
  • pp: 2299–2303

Outer diameter measurement of low birefringence optical fibers by a new resonant backscatter technique

A. Ashkin, J. M. Dziedzic, and R. H. Stolen  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 20, Issue 13, pp. 2299-2303 (1981)

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A new, highly precise, optical fiber outer diameter measuring technique based on near-field resonant backscattered light is described. Relative accuracies of ±10−2μm were achieved in diameter measurements using Fabry-Perot resonances and ±10−3μm in average diameter measurements using dielectric surface-wave resonances for ∼100-μm fibers. The shape of a new type of low birefringence spun fiber, made by rapidly spinning a near circular preform in the pulling oven, was measured. We observed a small ellipticity which rotated helically along the fiber. The possibility of making absolute and real-time outer diameter measurements is discussed.

© 1981 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: March 26, 1981
Published: July 1, 1981

A. Ashkin, J. M. Dziedzic, and R. H. Stolen, "Outer diameter measurement of low birefringence optical fibers by a new resonant backscatter technique," Appl. Opt. 20, 2299-2303 (1981)

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