Sterilization Effects on Key Properties of Optical Fibers

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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 […]


Bandwidth of Avionics Cables – OM3 vs OM4

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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 […]


Standards Update: Bend-Insensitive Multimode Fiber

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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.”


Does Optical Fiber Have You Tied in Knots?

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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 […]


In the Turbine, To the Turbine

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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 […]


Polarization Maintaining Fiber for Gyroscopes

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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.


Materials Science Is At Our Core

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OFS | Your OpticalFiber 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 […]


Why Optical Fiber for the Medical Industry?

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Optical Fiber in the Medical Industry Even though the first use of lasers in medicine was reported by Goldman in 1962-and then in 1963 for experimental cardiovascular plaque ablation-it is the Aesthetic and Ophthalmic applications that historically pushed the use and adoption of photons in medicine. In addition to invasive and non-invasive cosmetic treatments and […]


Why HCS®?

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HCS® (Hard-Clad Silica) is a problem-solving, polymer coated optical fiber system invented by us in the early years of the optical fiber industry. A proprietary polymer is applied to the pristine surface of pure, fused silica as we draw the glass down to its final, step-index, multimode optical fiber form. We then add additional buffer […]


Why FlightLinx®?

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Optical Fiber in Defense and Commercial Applications Did you know that fiber optic cable plays a key role in bringing In-Flight-Entertainment to your seat on commercial and corporate aircraft? Today most wide body jets used on overseas flights and some narrow-body and regional jets offer both audio and video. This may be in the form […]