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  • Vol. 21, Iss. 23 — Dec. 1, 1982
  • pp: 4241–4245

Measurement of stresses in optical fiber and preform

P. L. Chu and T. Whitbread  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 21, Issue 23, pp. 4241-4245 (1982)

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A method of measuring the stresses, residual or applied, in an optical fiber or preform is presented. It is shown that the stress profiles can be obtained from the Abel transform of the derivative of the retardation. The axial stress profile is shown to bear the same shape as the refractive-index profile. Measurement results indicate that the applied tension during the fiber drawing process is frozen into the fiber, consequently affecting the intrinsic strength of the fiber. The method of estimating the fiber drawing tension from the fiber stress profile is also given.

© 1982 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: February 10, 1982
Published: December 1, 1982

P. L. Chu and T. Whitbread, "Measurement of stresses in optical fiber and preform," Appl. Opt. 21, 4241-4245 (1982)

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