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    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. …

    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)

    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.