Graded-index plastic optical fiber with high mechanical properties enabling easy network installations. II

Takaaki Ishigure, Miki Hirai, Masataka Sato, Yasuhiro Koike

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It was shown how high mechanical strength should be provided in the high numerical aperture (NA) graded-index plastic optical fiber (GI POF). In this newly developed GI POF, a copolymer of methyl methacrylate (MMA) and 2,2,2-trifluoroethyl methacrylate (3FMA) was used to increase the NA. The GI POF we proposed previously was composed of a PMMA homopolymer cladding and a doped PMMA core. It was previously shown that substituting the copolymer P(MMA-3FMA) for the PMMA as the cladding material made little change in the fiber's light-transmission characteristics. This study focused on mechanical flexibility, which is one of the most important advantages of the POF. It was found that the P(MMA-3FMA)-clad GI POF had almost the same or superior mechanical strength in addition to the excellent light-propagation characteristics. It was also found that such excellent mechanical properties were achieved using a small dopant concentration and optimum heat-drawing conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)410-416
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Applied Polymer Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Jan 5



  • Light transmission
  • Mechanical properties
  • Plastic optical fibers
  • Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA)
  • Refractive index

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics

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