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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 12 — Jun. 4, 2012
  • pp: 12893–12898

Low loss graded index polymer optical fiber with high stability under damp heat conditions

Kenji Makino, Takahiro Kado, Azusa Inoue, and Yasuhiro Koike  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 12, pp. 12893-12898 (2012)

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A low loss graded index polymer optical fiber (GI POF) with a wide wavelength range around 650 nm is fabricated using a copolymer of methyl methacrylate and pentafluorophenyl methacrylate as a polymer matrix. Dopant hydrophobicity similar to that of the polymer matrix is an important factor in maintaining the low loss of the GI POF. No loss increment is observed under damp heat conditions of 75°C and 85% relative humidity when using 9-bromo phenanthrene as the high refractive index dopant required to form the GI profile. The copolymer based GI POF can provide an inexpensive premise network with long-term stability.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2270) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber characterization
(060.2280) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber design and fabrication
(060.2290) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber materials
(060.2330) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics communications

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: March 26, 2012
Revised Manuscript: May 18, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: May 21, 2012
Published: May 23, 2012

Kenji Makino, Takahiro Kado, Azusa Inoue, and Yasuhiro Koike, "Low loss graded index polymer optical fiber with high stability under damp heat conditions," Opt. Express 20, 12893-12898 (2012)

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