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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 48, Iss. 32 — Nov. 10, 2009
  • pp: 6207–6212

Fabrication and transmission characteristics of infrared hollow fiber based on silver-clad stainless steel pipes

Katsumasa Iwai, Akihito Hongo, Hiroyuki Takaku, Mitsunobu Miyagi, Jun-ichi Ishiyama, Xiao-Xu Wu, Yi-Wei Shi, and Yuji Matsuura  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 32, pp. 6207-6212 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.48.006207


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Abstract

Silver-clad stainless steel pipe is used as the supporting tube for the fabrication of infrared hollow fiber. The hollow fiber has high mechanical strength and is highly durable for use in the medical sterilization process. Film of a cyclic olefin polymer layer or silver iodide (AgI) was coated internally to reduce the transmission loss. A liquid-filling method is proposed for coating the AgI layer. Multiple coating processes proved to be effective to increase the AgI film thickness. A treatment of sodium thiosulfate water solution is also proposed to reduce the film thickness. The film thickness can be accurately controlled by combining the coating and decoating techniques. A loss of less than 0.2 dB was obtained for CO 2 laser light for a hollow pipe with a length of 280 mm and an inside diameter of 0.75 mm .

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OCIS Codes
(060.0060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics and optical communications
(060.2270) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber characterization
(120.7000) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Transmission
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides
(310.6860) Thin films : Thin films, optical properties

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: August 3, 2009
Revised Manuscript: October 3, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: October 7, 2009
Published: November 3, 2009

Citation
Katsumasa Iwai, Akihito Hongo, Hiroyuki Takaku, Mitsunobu Miyagi, Jun-ichi Ishiyama, Xiao-Xu Wu, Yi-Wei Shi, and Yuji Matsuura, "Fabrication and transmission characteristics of infrared hollow fiber based on silver-clad stainless steel pipes," Appl. Opt. 48, 6207-6212 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-48-32-6207

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