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  • Vol. 7, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 1968
  • pp: 1565–1569

Plastic Fiber Optics. II: Loss Measurements and Loss Mechanisms

R. G. Brown and B. N. Derick  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 7, Issue 8, pp. 1565-1569 (1968)

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Transmission loss in plastic optical fibers was investigated for axial, small numerical aperture input. The loss coefficient α was determined as a function of wavelength λ by varying sample length and using filters. More extensive information on α(λ) was obtained by use of a monochromator with transmission at a particular λ standardized by independent measurement. Measurement in white light of scattered intensity as a function of position along a fiber yielded α and an estimate of scattering power. Analyses of the scattering data and the variation of α with λ suggest that scattering is the principal loss mechanism.

© 1968 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: February 26, 1968
Published: August 1, 1968

R. G. Brown and B. N. Derick, "Plastic Fiber Optics. II: Loss Measurements and Loss Mechanisms," Appl. Opt. 7, 1565-1569 (1968)

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