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  • Vol. 23, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 2005
  • pp: 2443–

Fabrication Process and Optical Properties of Perdeuterated Graded-Index Polymer Optical Fiber

Atsushi Kondo, Takaaki Ishigure, and Yasuhiro Koike

Journal of Lightwave Technology, Vol. 23, Issue 8, pp. 2443- (2005)

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We proposed a graded-index polymer optical fiber (GI-POF) enabling greater-than-gigabit data transmission in a short reach network by applying a two-step interfacial-gel polymerization process to a perdeuterated polymer material. Using this process, it is possible to fabricate a nearly optimum refractive-index profile with good reproducibility. In this paper, the preparation of a perdeuterated polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA-d8)-based GI-POF utilizing a PMMA cladding is described. This means that the low-loss PMMA-d8 material is used only for the core. Because the cladding transmits only a small fraction of the optical power, a low-loss material is not necessarily required for the cladding. It was verified that the low attenuation of the PMMA-d8 was maintained even if the cladding was composed of hydrogenated PMMA. As a result, a gigabit data transmission over 300 m was achieved by the PMMA-d8-core and PMMA-cladding GI-POF, which was impossible by the conventional PMMA-based GI-POF.

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Atsushi Kondo, Takaaki Ishigure, and Yasuhiro Koike, "Fabrication Process and Optical Properties of Perdeuterated Graded-Index Polymer Optical Fiber," J. Lightwave Technol. 23, 2443- (2005)

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