Accession Number : AD0922892

Title :   Research and Development on Ultra-Lightweight Low-Loss Optical Fiber Communication Cable.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept. 1 Jul 73-30 Jun 74,

Corporate Author : CORNING GLASS WORKS NY

Personal Author(s) : Frazier, J. F. ; Miller, R. A.

Report Date : SEP 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 49

Abstract : This interim report describes the initial phases of the investi-gation to provide ultra-lightweight, low-loss optical fiber communication cables for tactical field army environments. Initial efforts to use low- loss optical waveguides in a cable structure resulted in unacceptable increased in fiber attenuation. These increased losses were attributed to micro-distortions in the low- loss fibers introduced by coatings and/or the cable structure. the program was redirected to seek a solution to this problem which would allow the use of state- of-the-art optical fibers in cable structures. Organic coatings applied by extrusion techniques to the optical fibers are a solution and have permitted cable unit structures without any significant increase in the atten-uation of the individual fibers. An approved cable unit will ultimately be incorporated in a structure designed to provide a rugged cable. (Author-PL)

Descriptors :   (*FIBER OPTICS TRANSMISSION LINES, LIGHTWEIGHT), GLASS, FIBERS, ORGANIC COATINGS, POLYURETHANE RESINS, SOLUTIONS(GENERAL), POWDERS, ELECTROSTATICS, EXTRUSION, RUGGEDIZED EQUIPMENT, BROADBAND, OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS, TACTICAL COMMUNICATIONS, FIBER OPTICS, LOSSES.

Subject Categories : Fiber Optics and Integrated Optics
      Non-radio Communications

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE