About the webinar:
Optical fibers made of fused silica have many applications in communication, sensing and laser systems. The performance of optical fibers is highly sensitive on the manufacturing process and raw materials used. Peter Bauer of Heraeus Conamic is going to give some insights in manufacturing processes for fused silica tubes. Bauer presents influencing factors of these processes on purity and geometry.
Furthermore, he provides essential background on impurities and how they influence the fiber performance. How contaminations effect the attenuation and transmission performance. How particles influence the mechanical strength of the fiber and breakage rate in the fiber drawing process. He also explains root causes of impurities in the manufacturing process of the raw materials and why they can’t be eliminated in later production steps.
Finally, he explains how tube geometry determine the fiber performance, another main influencing factor. The preform manufacturing process for optical fibers is sensitive against geometrical variations. These can cause beam distortion or miss alignments then fibers are spliced against each other and cause losses.
The webinar concludes with an open Q&A, for which Bauer is joined by colleague Andreas Langner, Head of R&D Specialty Fiber.
This webinar is intended to provide background information on tube manufacturing processes and how they impact fiber performance.