What is the most transparent polymer?

Norihisa Tanio, Yasuhiro Koike

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Abstract

The development of polymer optical fiber (POF) leads to the fundamental question about the transmission loss limit of amorphous polymer glasses. The two important intrinsic loss factors in amorphous polymer optical fibers are molecular vibration absorption and scattering due to fluctuation. In this paper, we have investigated the lower limit of the inherent light transmission loss of amorphous polymer glass from its molecular structure by using the Morse potential theory for absorption and the fluctuation theory for scattering. The theoretical lower limit of the attenuation of the amorphous perfluoropolymer is 0.3 dB km-1 at 1.3 μm, and is comparable with that of silica fiber. Amorphous perfluoropolymer seems to be a most transparent polymer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-50
Number of pages8
JournalPolymer Journal
Volume32
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2000

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Polymers
Plastic optical fibers
Morse potential
Molecular vibrations
Scattering
Glass
Light transmission
Silicon Dioxide
Molecular structure
Silica
Fibers

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  • Polymers and Plastics

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What is the most transparent polymer? / Tanio, Norihisa; Koike, Yasuhiro.

In: Polymer Journal, Vol. 32, No. 1, 2000, p. 43-50.

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Tanio, N & Koike, Y 2000, 'What is the most transparent polymer?', Polymer Journal, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 43-50.
Tanio, Norihisa ; Koike, Yasuhiro. / What is the most transparent polymer?. In: Polymer Journal. 2000 ; Vol. 32, No. 1. pp. 43-50.
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