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  • Vol. 7, Iss. 8 — Aug. 2, 2012

Scattering in step-index polymer optical fibers by side-illumination technique: theory and application

M. Asunción Illarramendi, Gotzon Aldabaldetreku, Iñaki Bikandi, Joseba Zubia, Gaizka Durana, and Amaia Berganza  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 29, Issue 6, pp. 1316-1329 (2012)

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In this paper we present a detailed theoretical study that describes the generation of scattered light in step-index polymer optical fibers by using the side-illumination scattering measurement technique. A detailed analysis of the variation of the maximum angle of acceptance within the fiber has been carried out in order to calculate the scattered light as a function of different launching conditions. The theoretical model has been developed by using the Mie theory for spheres in the independent-scatterer approximation.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2270) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber characterization
(060.2310) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics
(290.0290) Scattering : Scattering
(290.4020) Scattering : Mie theory

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: October 18, 2011
Revised Manuscript: January 9, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: January 9, 2012
Published: May 17, 2012

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Vol. 7, Iss. 8 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

M. Asunción Illarramendi, Gotzon Aldabaldetreku, Iñaki Bikandi, Joseba Zubia, Gaizka Durana, and Amaia Berganza, "Scattering in step-index polymer optical fibers by side-illumination technique: theory and application," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 29, 1316-1329 (2012)

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