Bend Insensitive Fiber

Optical fiber is sensitive to stress, particularly bending. When stressed by bending, light in the outer part of the core is no longer guided in the core of the fiber so some is lost, coupled from the core into the cladding, creating a higher loss in the stressed section of the fiber. Bend-insensitive fiber adds a layer of glass around the core of the fiber which has a lower index of refraction that literally "reflects" the weakly guided modes back into the core when stress normally causes them to be coupled into the cladding.

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