Fiberguide Partners with Micron Optics to Provide Fiber Bragg Grating Optical Sensors

Sensors monitor stress and temperature in equipment, buildings and structures

Stirling, N.J. (August 29, 2017) – Optical fiber and assembly specialist Fiberguide Industries has partnered with sensing expert Micron Optics to manufacture their line of fiber Bragg grating optical sensors. The sensors are ideal for distributed sensing of stress, temperature, strain, displacement and acceleration on machinery, equipment, planes, buildings, bridges and other devices and structures.

Fiberguide has partnered with Micron Optics to manufacture their line of fiber Bragg grating optical sensors.

Fiberguide has partnered with Micron Optics to manufacture their line of fiber Bragg grating optical sensors.

The sensors are a product of a Micron Optics design, and Fiberguide’s construction expertise and process refinement. Bragg gratings written inside the sensors’ optical fiber core behave like mirrors that reflect light at a specific wavelength based on the periodicity of the grating. Exposure to strain or temperature causes a shift in the reflected wavelength, proportional to the change in strain or temperature. Unlike commonly used electrical sensors, fiber Bragg sensors are not susceptible to signal degradation caused by long distances or electromagnetic interference.

Fiber Bragg grating optical sensors are compact for installation into small spaces. The sensors can also be multiplexed, allowing many sensors for multiple signals and locations in a single optical fiber.

For more information on fiber Bragg grating optical sensors, or to request a quote, visit www.micronoptics.com.

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RARe Motheye™ High Power Fibers from Fiberguide Industries at Photonics West and SPIE BIOS

Stirling, N.J. (January 24, 2017) – Fiberguide Industries will display its new RARe Motheye™ optical fibers at Photonics West booth 1745 and SPIE BIOS booth 8840. The exhibitions take place from January 28 to February 2 at the Moscone Center (San Francisco, Calif.).

Fiberguide Industries will demonstrate its RARe Motheye Fibers at the 2017 Photonics West and BIOS exhibitions.

Fiberguide Industries will demonstrate its RARe Motheye Fibers at the 2017 Photonics West and BIOS exhibitions.

New RARe Motheye fibers offer enhanced power handling for high power delivery, research and development, medical, photonics and industrial applications. Fiberguide uses a proprietary technology to create randomized nanostructures on the fiber surface that are similar to the compound eyes of nocturnal insects. This results in fiber optic assemblies with superior wavelength range (400-2200nm), durability and damage thresholds when compared with commonly used AR coatings. Fiberguide VP of Technology Devinder Saini will deliver a demonstration of RARe Motheye fibers at 4:30 on February 1 in Demo Area 1 – Hall ABC South.

Visitors to the company’s booths can also view a demonstration of Fiberguide’s fiber Bragg grating sensors. Developed in partnership with Micron Optics, the sensors are designed to measure strain, temperature, pressure and acceleration from fiber Bragg gratings installed on smart structures, such as on bridges or airplanes.

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New Fiberguide RARe Motheye™ Optical Fibers Deliver Superior High Power Performance

Randomized AR Nanostructures increase assemblies’ wavelength range and damage threshold

Stirling, N.J. (December 14, 2016) – New RARe Motheye™ optical fibers from Fiberguide Industries feature enhanced high power performance. The new technology surpasses current anti-reflective coated fiber capabilities, providing benefits for high power delivery, research and development, medical, photonics and industrial applications.

New RARe Motheye™ optical fibers from Fiberguide Industries.

New RARe Motheye™ optical fibers from Fiberguide Industries.

Motheye nanostructures were originally discovered by the observation of nocturnal insects, such as moths, whose compound eyes were found to reflect little or no light regardless of the angle. Fiberguide uses a unique, randomized process to create Motheye nanostructures on the fiber surface. This results in fiber optic assemblies with superior wavelength range (400-2200nm), durability and damage thresholds when compared with commonly used AR coatings. Since the anti-reflective structure closely matches the underlying material, damage thresholds are typically close to those of bare fiber. Motheye fibers are also hydrophobic, allowing simple water cleanup of fiber faces.

RARe Motheye fibers are available with core sizes ranging from 3µm to 3mm in step index multi-mode or custom single-mode configurations. Material options include silica core, silica clad, polymer coated or metal coated construction.

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Fiberguide Helps Cinerama Dome Premiere New Star Wars Movie with Breakthrough Projector

New 3D Laser Projection System produces twice the brightness as most other systems in use

Stirling, N.J. (January 26, 2016) – Fiberguide Industries has played a critical role in the development of the Arclight Cinerama Dome theater’s new 3D Laser Projection System, which premiered along with the new “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” movie. The dual-head laser projection system, which uses a Fiberguide assembly for power transmission, was installed just in time for the classic theater’s first showing of the new movie.

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The new laser projection system is capable of very high brightness, up to 8 footlamberts in 3D and 14 footlamberts in 2D. The output is double the brightness that most systems used in other theaters are capable of producing, resulting in a brighter picture and better viewing experience. However, higher output demanded better power transmission. To meet the increased quality and transmission requirements for this high power system, Fiberguide designed a custom multimode assembly capable of meeting its demands.

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New Shaped Tip Fiber Assemblies from Fiberguide for Medical Laser Applications

New fiber ends add control over output beam shape and fiber efficiency

Stirling, N.J. (January 29, 2014) – New shaped tip fibers and fiber assemblies from Fiberguide Industries provide optimum control over laser light during medical procedures. The conical, ball, radiused, chiseled and angular fiber ends are ideal for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), optical-coherence tomography-guided (OCT) and photodynamic therapy (PDT) laser treatments.

Fiberguide’s new shaped tip assemblies.

Fiberguide’s new shaped tip assemblies.

The new shaped tip fibers are created using Fiberguide’s proprietary design software and fiber processing techniques. The tips allow customers to shape the outbeam beam and/or increase the efficiency of light collection. Customized designs are also available.

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New UniClad High Power Optical Fibers from Fiberguide

Design reduces stress in fiber core

Stirling, N.J. (January 21, 2013) – Universal Clad (UniClad) optical fiber from Fiberguide is designed for integration into fiber based lasers and OEM systems performing high power transmission. The fiber uses a large core-to-clad ratio to reduce stress transfer to its core, maintaining laser beam quality and improving focal ratio degradation in lasers used for cutting, welding, drilling, soldering and marking.

UniClad high power optical fibers from Fiberguide Industries.

UniClad high power optical fibers from Fiberguide Industries.

UniClad fiber has a pure fused silica core and doped fused silica cladding with a polymer coating. The fiber has a fixed 500µm cladding diameter for 100-400µm core sizes, and proportionately larger cladding for 600-800µm core sizes, to make laser alignment and splicing easier.

Complete high power laser assemblies are also available.

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Fiberguide’s New FD-80 Laser Connectors Provide Unmatched Power Handling

Laser polished fiber face maximizes power transmission

Stirling, N.J. (August 21, 2012) – Fiberguide Industries’ new FD-80 high power keyed connector delivers unprecedented power handling up to 750 watts. The new assembly is designed for the demanding power requirements of industrial laser systems used for cutting, drilling, marking and welding.

Fiberguide’s FD-80 high power keyed connectors for industrial laser applications.

Fiberguide’s FD-80 high power keyed connectors for industrial laser applications.

FD-80 connector assemblies are constructed from all silica optical fibers with core sizes from 100µm to 1500µm. An epoxy-free cantilevered nose design isolates fibers from the connector, allowing safe dissipation of thermal energy without burning the surrounding material. Connectors have a laser polished fiber face to promote better power transmission and reduce risk of damage to the end face.

Fiberguide’s connectors are available with anti-reflective coating and various sheathing options to best fit environmental conditions. Optional integrated mode stripping removes stray cladding power for systems requiring enhanced performance.

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Mode Stripping SMA Cables for High Power Laser Systems

Fiberguide’s new line delivers up to 350W for material processing applications

Stirling, N.J. (September 29, 2011) –  Fiberguide’s new line of high power mode stripping SMA cable assemblies provides a higher power alternative to traditional laser delivery cables for high power laser welding, marking, cutting and drilling equipment. The assemblies have also proven effective for use as diode laser pigtails in diode pumped solid state (DPSS) systems.

High Power SMA cable assemblies from Fiberguide Industries.

High Power SMA cable assemblies from Fiberguide Industries.

Most similar products are unable to operate above 150W (200µm core) without active water cooling. Fiberguide’s new line is designed to handle more power and survive at higher temperatures with a passive, air-cooled design. An integrated mode stripper dissipates up to 25W of power from the cladding, ensuring a clean output and boosting power handling capacities to 100W (100µm core), 250W (200µm core) or 350W (400µm core), depending on system conditions.

Assemblies have an epoxy free cantilevered nose design, which isolates the optical fiber from the ferrule to prevent thermal and contamination problems. Fiber tips are laser polished for maximum transmission. Cables contain all silica fiber and are available with 100µm, 200µm and 400µm cores for easy integration into existing systems.

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New Line of Single Fiber Assemblies from Fiberguide Industries

Selection of protective sheathing and fiber optic core sizes to fit customers’ needs

Stirling, N.J. (September 14, 2010) – Allowing the use of fiber optics in potentially damaging environments, Fiberguide Industries introduces its new standard line of single fiber assemblies.  Fiberguide’s assemblies have proven effective in a number of scientific and industrial applications ranging from light measurement, process monitoring and control, to UV-VIS spectroscopy, chromatography and fluorescence.

Single fiber assemblies with furcation and monocoil sheathing from Fiberguide Industries.

Single fiber assemblies with furcation and monocoil sheathing from Fiberguide Industries.

Single fiber assemblies are available with two choices of chemical resistant, non-magnetic sheathing to fit customers’ needs.  For general purpose use, Fiberguide’s furcation tubing is comprised of a Kevlar reinforced PVC sleeve over a polypropylene tube.  Furcation tubing is non-conductive and protects fibers with a liquid-tight seal.

For more specialized applications, Fiberguide offers stainless steel monocoil sheathing.  The monocoil is vacuum compatible and resistant to tight bending, crushing, cutting, kinking and high temperatures.

Both standard cable designs are rated for use at ambient temperatures.  Single fiber assemblies are available with core sizes ranging from 50µ to 1000µ and wavelengths from deep UV (DUV) to UV-VIS and VIS-IR.  Assemblies are also available upon request with ST and FC connectors, numerical apertures of 0.12 and 0.26, and continuous lengths up to 50 meters.

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Fused Silica Capillary Tubing from Fiberguide Industries

Polyimide coating can withstand temperatures up to 360ºC

Stirling, N.J. (August 17, 2010) – Delivering reliable operation in demanding conditions, Fiberguide Industries introduces its new line of fused silica capillary tubing.  The new line of tubing has proven effective in a number of scientific applications including protein characterization, small molecule and genetic analysis, proteomics, DNA sequencing and fragment analysis.

Fiberguide Industries’ fused silica capillary tubing.

Fiberguide Industries’ fused silica capillary tubing.

Fiberguide’s capillary tubing is manufactured from high purity synthetic quartz with a protective coating of polyimide.  Applied to the outer surface of the tubing, polyimide has an upper temperature limit of 360ºC.  A wide variety of standard I.D.’s are available, from 2µ to 700µ and O.D.’s from 90µ to 850µ.  Non-standard sizes can also be manufactured by request.

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