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Perspective: Molten core optical fiber fabrication - A route to new materials and applications

Perspective: Molten core optical fiber fabrication - A route to new materials and applications
Perspective: Molten core optical fiber fabrication - A route to new materials and applications

The molten core method, whereby a precursor core phase melts at the draw temperature of the cladding glass that encapsulates it, has proven to be a remarkably versatile approach to realize novel optical fibers. Employed globally for both scientific inquiry and practical applications, it is arguably the only approach that leads to long lengths of novel material fiber with both crystalline and glassy cores. This article reviews the history of the process, the ever-broadening range of compositions, the unique applications that have been enabled, and provides a perspective on current challenges and future opportunities.

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Ballato, J.
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Peacock, A. C.
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Ballato, J.
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Peacock, A. C.
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Ballato, J. and Peacock, A. C. (2018) Perspective: Molten core optical fiber fabrication - A route to new materials and applications. APL Photonics, 3 (12). (doi:10.1063/1.5067337).

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The molten core method, whereby a precursor core phase melts at the draw temperature of the cladding glass that encapsulates it, has proven to be a remarkably versatile approach to realize novel optical fibers. Employed globally for both scientific inquiry and practical applications, it is arguably the only approach that leads to long lengths of novel material fiber with both crystalline and glassy cores. This article reviews the history of the process, the ever-broadening range of compositions, the unique applications that have been enabled, and provides a perspective on current challenges and future opportunities.

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Accepted/In Press date: 26 November 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 21 December 2018
Published date: December 2018

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Local EPrints ID: 427277
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/427277
ISSN: 2378-0967
PURE UUID: 963cd6c2-ea3f-4a1b-ac63-85e0fece4427
ORCID for A. C. Peacock: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1940-7172

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Date deposited: 10 Jan 2019 17:30
Last modified: 10 Dec 2019 01:46

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Author: J. Ballato
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