When we talk about some of the new markets and applications for polymer optical fiber, it’s hard not to talk about active optical cables. This is a great application for the perflorinated graded index fiber that is manufactured by Chromis Fiber Optics. …
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Because POF is made of insulating materials, it can provide electrically isolated data links in environments and applications where electrical isolation is critical. Image: NAVFAC / Flickr (source) (CC BY 2.0)
Plastic optical fiber offers complete immunity to EMI, because it is made entirely of insulating materials.
POF brings several key advantages over copper and glass to every application that it is used in. Image: verkeorg / Flickr (source) (CC BY-SA 2.0)
When a plastic optical fiber undergoes a physical change, such as bending, the light passing through it undergoes changes that are detectable, allowing it to be used as a sensor.