Polymer optical fibers are replacing conventional silica fibers in many short-range applications where flexibility and ease of termination are important concerns. Because polymers are more flexible than glass, these fibers are more pliable than their silica cousins. Part of the “Optical Science and Engineering” series, the 399-page volume Polymer Fiber Optics: Materials, Physics, and Applications begins with a history of the fibers, then examines the fundamental physics of light propagation in a fiber waveguide. Fabrication techniques, including extrusion and the process of drawing fiber from a preform, are discussed. Sections address optical switching, fiber characterization and specialty fibers, including fiber Bragg gratings, photonic crystal fibers and fiber sensors. Mark G. Kuzyk; CRC Press/Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton, Fla., 2006; $149.95.
- The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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