Polymer photonics is an interdisciplinary field which demands excellence both in optics (photonics) and materials science (polymer). However, theses disciplines have developed independently, and therefore the demand for a comprehensive work featuring the fundamentals of photonic polymers is greater than ever. This volume focuses on Polymer Optical Fiber and their applications. The first part of the book introduces typical optical fibers according to their classifications of material, propagating mode, and structure. Optical properties, the high bandwidth POF and transmission loss are discussed, followed by an outline on the propagating mode characteristics and how they affect the performances of the fiber. The second part of the book reviews conventional materials of POFs and gives an overview on fabrication methods. This is followed by a survey of characterization methods. Based on the characteristics of optical communication systems, the last chapter will concentrate on the many advantages of POF in link and network design. Written by a top expert in the field, this is an invaluable resource for semiconductor physicists, materials scientists, polymer chemists, electrical engineers, and those working in the semiconductor industry.
Yasuhiro Koike obtained his Ph.D. at Keio University where he has been a Professor since 1992. He spent a year at AT&T Bell Laboratories as a visiting researcher in 1989. He influenced the inventions of Graded-Index Polymer Optical Fiber, Highly-Scattered Optical Transmission Polymer, and other novelties. His awards include the Honorary Doctorate of Eindhoven University of Technology, NL, the International Technology Award of the Society of Plastic Engineers (SPE), and the Award of the Society of Polymer Science. He was appointed as an Affiliate Professor of the University of Washington in 2009.
1 Optical Fiber 1.1 Silica and Polymer Optical Fiber 1.2 Single Mode and Multimode Optical Fiber 1.3 Step and Graded Index Polymer Optical Fiber 2 Transmission Capacity of POF 2.1 Modal Dispersion 2.2 Material Dispersion 2.3 Bandwidth 2.4 High Bandwidth Polymer Optical Fiber 3 Transmission Loss of POF 3.1 Absorption Loss 3.2 Scattering Loss 3.3 Transmission Loss 3.4 Low Loss Polymer Optical Fiber 4 Propagating Mode Characteristics 4.1 HE and HM Modes 4.2 TE and TM Modes 4.3 Differential Mode Delay 4.4 Differential Mode Attenuation 4.5 Mode Coupling 5 Materials of POF 5.1 Conventional Polymer 5.2 Halogenated Polymer 5.3 Thermally Stable Polymer 5.4 Dopant 6 Fabrication of POF 6.1 Preform Drawing Method 6.2 Coextrusion Method 7 Characterization 7.1 Refractive Index Profile 7.2 Launching Condition 7.3 Bandwidth 7.4 Attenuation 7.5 Near Field Pattern 7.6 Far Field Pattern and NA 8 Optical Link Design 8.1 Link Power Budget 8.2 Transmitter and Receiver 8.3 Coupling Loss 8.4 Bending Loss 8.5 Eye Diagram 8.6 Bit Error Rate 8.7 Link Power Penalty 8.8 Modal Noise 9 Future Prospect