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MORE FIBER OPTICSFIBER OPTICS DICTIONARY TERMS
high-performance parallel interface (HIPPI)A very high bandwidth communication line often used in fiber optics.
buffer1. In fiber optics, a protective material applied as an optical fiber cover that has no optical function. 2. In image...
endoscopeA medical instrument used to view inside the human body by inserting the instrument into a natural or created aperture. The...
automatic profilingIn fiber optics, the use of a detector to study the range of refractive indices achieved at various wavelengths. This...
polishing jigIn fiber optics, a device used to polish a biconic plug to a specified length and surface finish. Also called a polishing...
vapor-phase axial deposition (VAD)A process by which high-quality fiber optics are made. See axial vapor-phase deposition.
attenuation-limited powerIn fiber optics, the limitation on performance imposed by the amplitude of a received signal rather than distortion.
ultraviolet fiber optics (UVFO)Special glasses that extend the usable range of fiber optics well into the ultraviolet region. The fibers have a core of...
space-division multiplex (SDM)In fiber optics, the condition in which each fiber of a bundle carries a separate channel.
tolerance fieldIn fiber optics, the annular region between two concentric circles; used to specify fiber cladding and core sizes.
adapter1. In optics, the housing, usually cylindrical, that contains the lenses and iris diaphragm of a camera. 2. In fiber optics,...
intensified vidiconA standard direct-readout vidicon tube linked by fiber optics to an intensifier for increased sensitivity.
cladding glassIn fiber optics, the glass that is found around the glass core of the fiber, and that has a lower refractive index than the...
photonicsThe technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The...
fiber opticsThe use of thin flexible glass or plastic fibers as wave guides – or ‘light pipes’— to channel light...
bandwidth-limited operationIn fiber optics, the limitation on performance imposed by the system bandwidth rather than the amplitude of the signal.
cutoff wavelength1. In detector technology, the long wavelength at which detector response falls to a set percentage (usually 20 or 50...
mandrelA shaft, spindle or any object generally passed through a workpiece to hold, support or shape a particular piece during its...
refractive index contrastA measure of the relative difference in refractive index between two optical materials. Most commonly used in fiber optics...
normalized frequencyAlso referred to as the V number in fiber optics; the normalized frequency is a dimensionless quantity, denoted by the...
hygroscopicIn fiber optics, a material whose properties, usually of transmission, are distinctly affected by the absorption of water...

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