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Fiber Optic Illumination Systems
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  • 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...
  • optical fiber A thin filament of drawn or extruded glass or plastic having a central core and a cladding of lower index material to promote total internal reflection (TIR). It may be used singly to transmit pulsed optical signals (communications fiber) or in...
  • illumination The general term for the application of light to a subject. It should not be used in place of the specific quantity illuminance.
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