The evolution of low loss optical fibres

Gambling, W.A. (1980) The evolution of low loss optical fibres. Physics and Chemistry of Glasses, 21, 36982.


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The possibility of guiding light by a dielectric cylinder has been known for many years and was demonstrated, for example, by the classic experiment of Tyndall using a water jet. However the effect was no more than a scientific curiosity and was not applied with any serious intent until 1951 when Hopkins & Kapany and also van Heel attempted image transmission in short coherent fibre bundles. Nevertheless real progress was not made until the idea of surrounding the light guiding core by a protective cladding was introduced in 1958. Two types of application then emerged, namely the short coherent bundle about 1 cm long in fibre optic faceplates, for example, and the incoherent flexible fibre bundle for use simply as a light conductor over distances of about 1m.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0031-9090 (print)
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Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > Optoelectronics Research Centre
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Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:59

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