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18 November 1993 Models for fiber reliability
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Proceedings Volume 1973, Passive Fiber Optic Components and Their Reliability; (1993)
Event: Video Communications and Fiber Optic Networks, 1993, Berlin, Germany
Current models for optical fiber reliability are mostly based upon power law growth kinetics of sharp, stress-free cracks. The physical basis of these models is critically examined and is found to have limitations in describing the behavior of both high strength `pristine' fiber and weak fiber. In particular, the models do not account for the abrupt strength loss sometimes observed in harsh environments for both types of fiber. Recent advances in understanding the behavior of such fibers are discussed. In particular the addition of colloidal silica particles to the coating material is shown to dramatically improve reliability.
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M. John Matthewson "Models for fiber reliability", Proc. SPIE 1973, Passive Fiber Optic Components and Their Reliability, (18 November 1993);


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