Abstract

Static-fatigue resistance of optical fibers is important for long-term mechanical stability. High-silica fibers have intrinsically high tensile strength, >1000 ksi, but must be protected with an abrasion-resistant coating to preserve their strength. Fibers coated with silicone or other organic polymers do indeed exhibit initial strengths in the laboratory, > 500 ksi in 1-km gauge lengths.1

© 1979 Optical Society of America

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