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  • fused silica Glass consisting of almost pure silicon dioxide (SiO2). Also called vitreous silica. Frequently used in optical fibers and windows.
  • cladding glass In fiber optics, the glass that is found around the glass core of the fiber, and that has a lower refractive index than the fiber.
  • optical sapphire A material used in optics that differs from ruby only in the slight impurity that gives the material its color. Colorless sapphire has been used for lens manufacture because of its high refractive index and low dispersion, combined with very great...
  • fiber optics The use of thin flexible glass or plastic fibers as wave guides – or ‘light pipes’— to channel light from one location to another. Fiber optics is based off of the principle of total internal reflection (TIR). Light enters...
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