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Photonics Buyers' Guide / Fiber Optic Sheathing
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  • monocoil sheathing A type of tubing used to protect optical fiber cables, consisting of a wire spiral of aluminum, galvanized steel or stainless steel, encased in a polyvinyl chloride or silicon rubber coating. These sheathings are advantageous in the sense that they...
  • fiber optic cable A package for an optical fiber or fibers that may include cladding, buffering, strength members and an outer jacket.
  • cladding The low-refractive-index material that surrounds the core of an optical fiber to contain core light while protecting against surface contaminant scattering. In all-glass fibers, the cladding is glass. In plastic-clad silica fibers, the plastic...
  • jacket The outer material that surrounds and protects the buffered and unbuffered fibers in an optical cable.
  • 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...
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