Polymer Optical Fibres

Polymer Optical Fibres

Fibre Types, Materials, Fabrication, Characterisation and Applications

1st Edition - August 25, 2016

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  • Editors: Christian-Alexander Bunge, Markus Beckers, Thomas Gries
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780081000397
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081000564

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Polymer Optical Fibres: Fibre Types, Materials, Fabrication, Characterization, and Applications explores polymer optical fibers, specifically their materials, fabrication, characterization, measurement techniques, and applications. Optical effects, including light propagation, degrading effects of attenuation, scattering, and dispersion, are explained. Other important parameters like mechanical strength, operating temperatures, and processability are also described. Polymer optical fibers (POF) have a number of advantages over glass fibers, such as low cost, flexibility, low weight, electromagnetic immunity, good bandwidth, simple installation, and mechanical stability.

Key Features

  • Provides systematic and comprehensive coverage of materials, fabrication, properties, measurement techniques, and applications of POF
  • Focuses on industry needs in communication, illumination and sensors, the automotive industry, and medical and biotechnology
  • Features input from leading experts in POF technology, with experience spanning optoelectronics, polymer, and textiles
  • Explains optical effects, including light propagation, degrading effects of attenuation, scattering, and dispersion


Optical fibre engineers, communication engineers and physicists, polymer chemists, and students and engineers in textile technology, automotives, industrial automation, lighting, medical engineering and biotechnology.

Table of Contents

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    • List of contributors
    • Woodhead Publishing Series in Electronic and Optical Materials
    • Foreword
    • 1. Introduction – why we made this book
      • 1.1. Historical background
      • 1.2. Why we made this book
      • 1.3. Summary
    • 2. Basics of light guidance
      • 2.1. Introduction and overview
      • 2.2. Fundamentals of electromagnetic waves
      • 2.3. Propagation of electromagnetic waves in transparent media
      • 2.4. Boundary surface phenomena and geometrical optics
      • 2.5. Anisotropic effects
      • 2.6. Chromatic dispersion in real media
      • 2.7. Summary
      • Sources of other information and advice
    • 3. Basic principles of optical fibres
      • 3.1. Overview
      • 3.2. Basic principle
      • 3.3. Ray-theory description
      • 3.4. Wave theory description
      • 3.5. Mode coupling
      • 3.6. Launching conditions
      • 3.7. Dispersion in optical fibres
      • 3.8. Losses in optical fibres
      • 3.9. Nonlinear effects
      • 3.10. Basic fibre types
      • 3.11. Modelling and simulation
      • 3.12. Summary
      • Sources of other information and advice
    • 4. Special fibres and components
      • 4.1. Multi-core fibres
      • 4.2. Single-mode polymer-optical fibres
      • 4.3. Microstructured polymer-optical fibres
      • 4.4. Side-emitting polymer optical fibres
      • 4.5. Imaging fibres
      • 4.6. Tubular fibres
      • 4.7. Fibre gratings
      • 4.8. Summary
      • Sources of other information and advice
    • 5. Materials, chemical properties and analysis
      • 5.1. Preamble
      • 5.2. Materials for optical fibres
      • 5.3. Chemical analytics
      • 5.4. Ageing/non-mechanical load
      • Further reading
    • 6. Fabrication techniques for polymer optical fibres
      • 6.1. Introduction and overview
      • 6.2. Discontinuous manufacturing techniques for polymer optical fibres
      • 6.3. Continuous manufacturing techniques for polymer optical fibres
    • 7. Mechanical properties of polymer-optical fibres
      • 7.1. Introduction
      • 7.2. Parameters
      • 7.3. Resultant fibre properties for polymer-optical fibres
      • 7.4. Material models for thermoplastic polymers
      • 7.5. Weibull plot
    • 8. Polymer-optical fibres for data transmission
      • 8.1. Introduction and overview of the chapter
      • 8.2. Basics of data transfer
      • 8.3. Optical transmitters
      • 8.4. Optical receivers
      • 8.5. Polymer-optical fibres as optical transmission channel
      • 8.6. Modulation formats for polymer-optical fibre
      • 8.7. POF Gbit/s transmission
      • 8.8. Products and standards
    • 9. Applications of polymer-optical fibres in sensor technology, lighting and further applications
      • 9.1. Effects of fibre properties on their application
      • 9.2. Fibre-optic sensor technology
      • 9.3. Lighting technology
      • 9.4. Polymer-optical fibres in smart textiles
      • 9.5. Future applications and trends
    • 10. Polymer-optical fibre (POF) integration into textile fabric structures
      • 10.1. Textile fabric overview
      • 10.2. Woven fabrics
      • 10.3. Knitted fabrics
      • 10.4. Braided fabrics
      • 10.5. Multi non-crimp
    • 11. Overview of the POF market
      • 11.1. Introduction and objectives
      • 11.2. Analysis of the polymer-optical fibre market
      • 11.3. Market by function
      • 11.4. Market by fibre type
      • 11.5. Manufacturers
      • 11.6. Summary and outlook
      • Abbreviations
      • Appendix
    • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 436
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2016
  • Published: August 25, 2016
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780081000397
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081000564

About the Editors

Christian-Alexander Bunge

Prof. Christian-Alexander Bunge works in the Institute for Communications Technology at University of Applied Sciences Leipzig (HfTL), on microstructured and solid polymer fibers, in optical, acoustic, magnet, and mechanical sensor technologies and optical communications. HfTL specialises in ICT and is organised in cooperation with Deutsche Telekom AG.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Applied Sciences Leipzig (HfTL), Germany

Markus Beckers

Mr Markus Beckers works in the ITA. RWTH Aachen is ranked no. 1 University for technology in Germany and ITA is in a top international position in polymer fibre production and application research. It specialises in process upscaling and product development close to market.

Affiliations and Expertise

RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Thomas Gries

Professor Thomas Gries, director of the Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA) of RWTH Aachen University, Germany, has been awarded an honorary professorship by Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) in lieu of his extraordinary scientific achievement in the development of fibre-based composites. Prof. Gries has been credited with systematic research, development and implementation of the concept of "Tailored Reinforcement Textiles" - from the basic idea up to an industrial production approach, in the process fulfilling the pre-conditions for resource-efficient production of composite components and their wide application for lightweight applications, especially in the automotive industry.

Affiliations and Expertise

RWTH Aachen University, Germany

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