are the building blocks of coherent fiberoptic structures, capable of transmitting positional information or images from one end to the other. In certain
environments these are also well-suited for illumination.
multi-fiber may consist of a few to many hundreds of thousands of
individual fibers tightly packed and fused together into a variety
of geometries. Standard configurations include hexagonal and square
packs in circular, square, and hexagonal cross-sections. The constituent
fiber diameters can be in the range of microns to millimeters. Fibers
smaller than 1 - 3Ám in diameter tend to loose the ability to transmit
most visible light because the cladding thickness of such a small
fiber falls short of that which is required for total internal reflection
at visible wavelengths. However, losses due to thin cladding can
be reduced by designing a lower OAR. Unfortunately, a lower OAR
also involves higher losses, so a balance must be achieved.
like fibers and rods, become fairly rigid structures when they are
larger than about 1.5mm (0.06"), but they can be permanently bent
and shaped to fit special routing requirements.
are available with or without EMA, and can be made with a wide variety
of numerical apertures and OAR's.
requesting a quote on a multi-fiber structure, please be sure to
include (if relevant):
Multi-fiber exterior dimensions If you are not sure about any
of these, we would be pleased to discuss them with you.
with image conduits, multi-fibers can be designed to have custom
OAR's, constituent fiber diameters, EMA configurations, and numerical
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