Polymer Fiber Optics: Materials, Physics, and Applications

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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.

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Table of Contents

Using Light for Telecommunications
Glass Fibers
Polymer Fibers
The Future

Bound Modes of Step-Index Fibers
Multimode Waveguides
Ray Propagation in a Graded-Index Medium
Directional Couplers

Making Polymer Fibers by Extrusion
Making Polymer Fiber by Drawing a Preform
Birefringence of Drawn Fibers
Mechanical Properties of Fibers

Refractive Index
Optical Loss
Bending Loss
A Practical Example

Refractive Index
Optical Loss
Numerical Aperture

Optical Amplification and Lasing

Electrooptic Switching
All-Optical Switching

Bragg Gratings
Advanced Structured Fibers
Stress and Temperature Sensors
Chemical Sensors
Appendix - Coupled Wave Equation

Smart Materials
Photomechanical Effects
The Future of Smart Photonic Materials



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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2007

    Best Book on Polymer Fibers

    This book will appeal to Physicists, Engineers, Chemists, and Materials Scientists because it discuss all aspects of fibers ranging from how they are made to the basic Physics of the materials as well as wave prorogation. While this book is a must for anyone working with fibers, from industrial product developers to academics, and certainly students, one of my favorite parts of the book is chapter 10, where the author makes groundbreaking predictions of where the field is going and discusses some amazing applications that catches the imagination. This book is both all-encompassing, yet gets to the important details. The first chapter starts with the interesting history of fiber optics, starting with Alexander Graham Bell, followed by an in depth discussion of how polymer fibers are made, then how they are characterized. All these discussion are intertwined with nuisances such as processing conditions that can lead to bubbles and advantages/disadvantages of using the various characterization techniques. And, it gives clear and simple developments of complex derivations. The various applications discussed ranges from optical switching/computing, smart materials and fabrics, fiber Bragg grating, fiber light sources, the novel observation self-healing of damaged polymers, and photo-mechanical effects - a topic not covered anywhere else. Also covered is the amusing topic of fabrics woven from fibers that can be worn as glowing placards. Polymer Fiber Optics is well written, is full of figures and diagrams, and will be one of those books that will get used often. I highly recommend it to anyone with even a cursory interest in fiber optics. You will not be disappointed!

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