Fused silica rods for specialty fiber

High purity fused silica rods generally serve one of following purposes in specialty fiber production:

  • As a material which later forms the light-conducting core of the fiber. These rods should be made of a material which has a low absorption in the desired wavelength region. This rod must then be provided with a cladding. This fiber either is a plastic clad pure silica core fiber (PCS) or the rod is given a quartz glass cladding with a lower refractive index (multi-mode fiber).
  • For forming a preform for photonic crystal fibers (PCF) (stacking of different glass pieces, or drilling holes into the rods).
  • For locally adjusting the refractive index or the generation of mechanical stress in the fibers. One possibility for producing polarization-maintaining fibers is to use two stress inducing Boron doped rods..
  • As an aid for the production of specialty fibers.
High purity fused silica rods

These rods are predominantly used as a material for preforming various fiber types. The requirements differ depending on the fiber type. Typically, it is either a low absorption, a specific refractive index value or certain geometrical specifications.

Rods with a reduced refractive index

These fluorine doped fused silica rods allow you to produce individual preforms or to test new designs by rather simple mechanical or hot processing. The typical size is round with an outer diameter of 1 mm to 50 mm, but custom diameters are available upon request. For more details, please contact our experts.

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