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Keywords:

  • optics;
  • fibers;
  • mechanical properties

Abstract

The properties of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA)-based graded-index polymer optical fiber (GI POF), including the thermal stability, thermal humidity, and mechanical properties, were studied for polymer optical fiber research and applications. The glass-transition temperature of the fiber core was 103°C in the presence of the dopant, which was close to that of the PMMA matrix without the dopant. A special refractive-index profile derived from the distribution of the dopant was stable at 60°C. Moreover, GI POF exhibited good mechanical properties. The excellent performance indicated that GI POF could be applied not only for indoor use but also for outdoor use. However, PMMA-based GI POF exhibited poor hot-water/humidity resistance. © 2003 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci 91: 2330–2334, 2004