Monthly Archives: August 2016

Specialty Optical Fiber Coatings: Weathering the “Storm”

Different applications and optical fiber types present varying requirements for fiber coatings. When specialty optical fibers are used in demanding conditions, the fibers require coatings that are sustainable when subjected to harsh circumstances.

In fact, the successful deployment of fiber in these environments can often depend far more on the fiber’s protective external coating rather than its internal optical design. Fibers may be under attack from high and low temperature ranges, excessive humidity, high pressure, aggressive chemicals, mechanical interactions or any combination of these elements.

A recent OFS white paper in NASA Tech Briefs evaluates the stability of commercially available and in-house formulated, acrylate-based coatings to help determine the optimum coating for a range of conditions.  To read more, please go HERE.

U. S. Data Centers Getting “Greener”

A decade ago, America’s data centers were widely viewed as the source of a huge new environmental problem. As internet use grew by leaps and bounds, data centers were creating air pollution and greenhouse gases while guzzling electricity at a ferocious rate.

But a new study from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory shows that, from the way they are cooled to how their masses of computers save power when not fully in use, data centers are becoming more energy efficient.

To read the article, please go HERE. To access the full study, please go HERE.