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Title: Aerogel-clad optical fiber

An optical fiber is surrounded by an aerogel cladding. For a low density aerogel, the index of refraction of the aerogel is close to that of air, which provides a high numerical aperture to the optical fiber. Due to the high numerical aperture, the aerogel clad optical fiber has improved light collection efficiency.
Inventors:
 [1];  [2];  [1];  [3]
  1. (Livermore, CA)
  2. (Pleasanton, CA)
  3. (San Marino, CA)
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
871216
Assignee:
Regents of University of California (Oakland, CA) LLNL
Patent Number(s):
US 5684907
Contract Number:
W-7405-ENG-48
Research Org:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
aerogel-clad; optical; fiber; surrounded; aerogel; cladding; density; index; refraction; close; air; provides; numerical; aperture; due; clad; improved; light; collection; efficiency; numerical aperture; optical fiber; collection efficiency; light collection; clad optical; improved light; density aerogel; /385/