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The "Halo Effect"

07.25.13 | Telecommunications | Stephen L. Cardone |

Performance Under Tight Bends

It's not unusual these days for optical fiber to be installed under bends as low as 15 mm in diameter. But even under these demanding conditions, signal quality cannot be sacrificed. Therefore, manufacturers are continuously innovating new methods to improve fiber bend performance.


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High Power Under Tight Bends

07.08.13 | Medical | Steve Allen |

Laser-induced Damage to Large Core Optical Fiber by High Peak Laser Power

Adapted from manuscript by Dr. Xiaoguang Sun and Dr. Jie Li | rewrite by Anthea Croghan As medical applications are demanding optical fibers to transmit with increasingly higher peak powers and smaller bend diameters, it has become necessary to test and develop fibers that can perform under these strenuous conditions. A study recently completed by Dr. Xiaoguang Sun and Dr. Jie Li of OFS examined laser damage to large core multimode glass optical fibers from high peak laser power, providing important insight into the damage mechanism for a particular failure mode. A two-point bend tester was used on fiber samples prepared with polymer coatings, having different refractive indices. It was found that peak power was one of the main determining factors in performance among the samples. Polymer coatings with lower refractive indices were found to significantly improve fiber resistance to bending while transmitting.


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Sterilization Effects on Key Properties of Optical Fibers

02.01.13 | Medical | Steve Allen |

Optical fibers are successfully used in various areas, such as cardiology and so much more!

Optical fibers are successfully used in various areas of medicine, including urology, general surgery, ophthalmology, cardiology, endoscopy, dentistry and medical sensing [1 – 4]. Prior to use inside a human body the fiber must be sterilized to ensure it is free of microorganisms such as fungi, bacteria, and virus or spore forms.


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Bandwidth of Avionics Cables – OM3 vs OM4

01.29.13 | Avionics | Cathy Ciardiello |

FlightLink™ Avionics Cables

OFS FlightLink OM3 Cable designed for commercial aircraft, is a perfect example of the application specific solutions that OFS manufactures. All fiber is manufactured at OFS and our broad portfolio of specialty materials for buffers, strength members and jackets allow us to tailor products to meet or exceed the requirements of a given application. Avionics cables whether for commercial or military avionics have stringent requirements across the board, must be fully qualified and offer long lifetime.


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Standards Update: Bend-Insensitive Multimode Fiber

12.28.12 | Telecommunications | David Mazzarese |

Enterprise Networks

Standardization of bend-insensitive multimode fiber (BIMMF) has been a very active area within the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). Since the start of the year, more than a dozen contributions on the topic have been reviewed in the TIA working group TR-42.12 "Optical Fiber and Cable.


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Does Optical Fiber Have You Tied in Knots?

12.11.12 | Industrial | Mike Hines |

Tied in Knots

At the upcoming PowerGen trade event in Orlando (December 11-13, 2012), OFS is proud to demonstrate HCS® (Hard Clad Silica) optical fiber, cable and field termination technology. Unlike telecommunications grade optical fibers, you can tie our products in knots. While we don't recommend this in practice, seeing it first hand will help you understand just how rugged these industrialized glass optical fibers are.


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In the Turbine, To the Turbine

09.11.12 | Industrial | Mike Hines |

OFS | Your WINDPOWER Optical Fiber Solutions Partner

The inquiry arrived through our sales guy on the west coast. A simple request with little detail and no hint at what the future would bear. "The customer is thinking about using fiber optics as a data link and they don't have complete control over the operating environment. Can we help them out?" "Well, we may have a solution but we'll need to know a bit more about the application before we can make any recommendations. Can you describe the operating conditions with more detail?"


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Polarization Maintaining Fiber for Gyroscopes

08.03.12 | Avionics | Cathy Ciardiello |

Fiber Optic Gyroscopes

Polarization Maintaining (PM) optical fiber is a key component of Fiber Optic Gyroscopes, devices that measure rotation in missiles, aircraft, ships and satellites. They are a type of interferometric sensor in which the phase difference between two light paths is measured.


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Materials Science Is At Our Core

07.19.12 | Industrial | Mike Hines |

OFS | Your Optical Fiber Solutions Partner

When most people hear the term & "fiber optics" they naturally envision hair-thin strands of glass, the enablers of today's high speed telecommunication and global internet. While that's all true, it's really just the beginning where the technology of fiber optics is concerned. In the Specialty Photonics Division of OFS we work in a world that extends well beyond telecommunications.


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