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Transport Phenomena in Thermal Engineering. Volume 2

ISBN:
1-56700-015-0 (Print)

CHEMICAL VAPOR DEPOSITION PROCESSES IN THE MANUFACTURE OF OPTICAL FIBERS

Ralph Greif
Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Abstract

Chemical vapor deposition processes have been used successfully in the fabrication of optical fibers. The fibers are produced by utilizing high temperature reactions which result in the formation of small glassy particles which deposit on a substrate. The details of the procedure depend on the particular optical fiber manufacturing process employed. Thermal, flow and mass transfer aspects of chemical vapor deposition processes relative to different optical manufacturing processes are emphasized in this work.