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Aerogel-clad optical fiber

United States Patent

5,684,907
November 4, 1997
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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.
Sprehn; Gregory A. (Livermore, CA), Hrubesh; Lawrence W. (Pleasanton, CA), Poco; John F. (Livermore, CA), Sandler; Pamela H. (San Marino, CA)
The Regents of the University of California (Oakland, CA)
08/ 332,285
October 28, 1994
The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. W-7405-ENG-48 between the United States Department of Energy and the University of California for the operation of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.