Determination of the radial profile of the photoelastic coefficient of plastic optical fibers


We developed a measurement method to determine the radial distribution of the photoelastic coefficient C(r) in step-index polymer optical fibers (POFs). The method is based on the measurement of the retardance profile of a transversally illuminated fiber for increasing tensile load. The radial profile C(r) is obtained from the inverse Abel transform of this retardance profile. We measured polymer fibers from different manufacturers. The radial profile of the photoelastic constant can considerable vary depending on the type and treatment of POFs, even when made from similar materials, which leads to the conclusion that the photoelastic constant should be characterized for each different type of POF. The impact of annealing the fiber samples on C(r) is also addressed.

Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Aston Institute of Photonics Technology (AIPT)
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Event Title: 25th International Conference on Plastic Optical Fibres, POF 2016
Event Type: Other
Event Dates: 2016-09-13 - 2016-09-15
Uncontrolled Keywords: Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials,Polymers and Plastics,Materials Chemistry
ISBN: 978-1-85449-408-5
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2024 08:31
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2017 11:40
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PURE Output Type: Conference contribution
Published Date: 2016-12-01
Accepted Date: 2016-09-01
Authors: Acheroy, S.
Geernaert, T.
Ottevaere, H.
Thienpont, H.
Marques, C.A.F.
Peng, G.
Pawel, M.
Berghmans, F.



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