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Polymer Fiber Optics

Materials, Physics, and Applications, 1st Edition

By Mark G. Kuzyk

CRC Press

399 pages | 244 B/W Illus.

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This straightforward text examines the scientific principles, characterization techniques, and fabrication methods used to design and produce high quality optical fibers. Polymer Fiber Optics: Materials, Physics, and Applications focuses on the fundamental concepts that will continue to play a role in future research and applications.

This book documents the underlying physics of polymer fibers, particularly aspects of light interaction, and details the practical considerations for a broad range of characterization techniques used to investigate new phenomena. The book presents basic fabrication techniques and protocols that will likely remain useful as new advances address specific processing challenges. The author presents a fresh approach to standard derivations, using numerous figures and diagrams to break down complex concepts and illustrate theoretical calculations. The final chapters draw attention to the latest directions in research and novel applications, including photomechanical actuation, electro-optic fibers, and smart materials.

Reviews

"This book covers extensively all the new technology regarding polymer optical fibers as well as silica-based optical glass fibers…the writing style is excellent…"

- Un-Chul Paek, Chaired Professor of Information and Communications, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), Korea

"This book presents a lucid narrative on a broad range of topics pertaining to fundamental physics issues that underlie the foundations of fiber optics, characterization techniques, and many important materials processing protocols… The incredible breadth of topics discussed goes well beyond the typical book on fibers, and covers new groundbreaking areas such as smart photomechanical materials and fiber-based switching devices. I highly recommend this book as an excellent reference, a resource to students studying fiber optics and to seasoned experts who will enjoy the fresh approach to old topics…"

- David Welker, President, Paradigm Optics, Vancouver

"…Comprehensive, well written, original, and both broad and deep in scope… Knowing [Dr. Kuzyk] as I do, the high quality and superb exposition were a given… I'm certain the upcoming generation of scientists, as well as experienced practitioners of polymer fiber optics will appreciate this book for years to come…"

-Rick Lytel, ISR, Inc., Mountain View, California

Table of Contents

HISTORY OF POLYMER OPTICAL FIBERS

Introduction

Using Light for Telecommunications

Glass Fibers

Polymer Fibers

The Future

LIGHT PROPAGATION IN A FIBER WAVEGUIDE

Introduction

Bound Modes of Step-Index Fibers

Multimode Waveguides

Ray Propagation in a Graded-Index Medium

Directional Couplers

Conclusion

Acknowledgments

FABRICATING FIBERS

Making Polymer Fibers by Extrusion

Making Polymer Fiber by Drawing a Preform

Birefringence of Drawn Fibers

Mechanical Properties of Fibers

THEORY OF REFRACTIVE INDEX AND LOSS

Refractive Index

Optical Loss

Bending Loss

Dispersion

A Practical Example

Polarization

CHARACTERIZATION TECHNIQUES AND PROPERTIES

Refractive Index

Optical Loss

Numerical Aperture

Bandwidth

TRANSMISSION, LIGHT SOURCES, AND AMPLIFIERS

Transmission

Displays

Optical Amplification and Lasing

OPTICAL SWITCHING

Electrooptic Switching

All-Optical Switching

STRUCTURED FIBERS AND SPECIALTY APPLICATIONS

Bragg Gratings

Advanced Structured Fibers

Photorefraction

Stress and Temperature Sensors

Chemical Sensors

Appendix - Coupled Wave Equation

SMART FIBERS AND MATERIALS

Smart Materials

Photomechanical Effects

The Future of Smart Photonic Materials

CONCLUSION

Bibliography

Index

About the Series

Optical Science and Engineering

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI053000
SCIENCE / Optics
TEC010000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General