Fabrication techniques based on the reaction of vapor phase starting materials to form ultrapure glasses have proved the most effective methods for the production of optical fibers. This is especially true for silica-based glasses and is being investigated for fluoride-based glasses. The advantages of vapor phase processing include not only high purity but also flexibility, allowing the fabrication of the complex-index profiles required to optimize liber performance.

© 1987 Optical Society of America

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