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Merchant, D. F. and Scully, P. J. and Schmitt, N. F.
1999
August
Chemical tapering of polymer optical fibre
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We introduce a novel method of chemically removing the cladding of PMMA based polymer optical fibre (POF) using organic solvents which can also be used to create etched tapers of any profile within lengths of POF or the fibre ends. The process is simple, inexpensive, low in chemical hazard and operator skill and has application to both improve the performance of numerous POF devices and allow conversion of silica devices to polymer. We give details of the etching processes involved and optical properties of the devices produced. We believe that this is the first application of this chemical process to the tapering of POF cores and suggest possible future applications of the technique.
10.1016/S0924-4247(99)00008-4
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