CHAPTER 2

Recent Development of a Polymer Optical Fiber and its Applications

Pak L. Chu*,     Optoelectronics Research Centre, Department of Electronic Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong

1 INTRODUCTION

Glass optical fiber has received intense research and development over the past 30 years, forming the backbone of optical communication and sensing. More recently, this fiber has found applications in medical diagnosis and surgery. New types of glass optical fiber have also been developed, notably the photonic crystal fiber or holey fiber [1]. On the other hand, polymer optical fiber (POF) was developed more than 20 years ago by DuPont with polymethal-methacrylate (PMMA) as the constitutent material. However, its ...

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