Abstract

Spectral transmission losses of unclad optical fibers drawn from various types of commercial vitreous silica and of soda-lime-silicate glasses were measured in the wavelength range between 0.5 and 1.12 µm. The automated technique employed was both convenient to use and sensitive enough to measure losses of 6 dB/km, i.e., 75% loss per km, with an estimated accuracy of ±2 dB/km. Bulk-loss measurements performed with calorimetric and bridge-type techniques were in good agreement with the fiber-loss measurements.

© 1973 Optical Society of America

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