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Corning Introduces New Hermetic Single-Mode Specialty Fiber

2007-04-02 15:12 848

Specifically Designed for Applications Requiring Improved Fatigue Resistance, High-Usable Strength, and Excellent Resistance to Hydrogen Permeation into Optical Fibers

CORNING, N.Y., April 2 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) announced on March 27 the introduction of a new Corning hermetic single-mode specialty fiber. This fiber offers improved fatigue resistance and high-usable strength for numerous applications, including fiber optic sensors and towed arrays. The properties of the hermetic layer improve the fatigue performance of the fiber by five times compared with standard single-mode fiber while maintaining identical optical quality to Corning SMF-28 optical fiber.

Corning's specially designed hermetic layer provides a protective barrier to help shield the glass from exposure to hydrogen, water and corrosive chemicals through a thin layer of amorphous carbon that is bonded directly to the glass surface of the optical fiber. This resistance to hydrogen permeation is critical for use in harsh environments such as in undersea deployments or down-hole oil wells.

The new hermetic fiber is manufactured through Corning's patented outside vapor deposition (OVD) process, which yields unparalleled consistency in optical performance and high reliability. The batch-to-batch consistency, quality and reliability resulting from the OVD process enables Corning customers to optimize their operational costs.

Hermetic single-mode specialty fiber is part of Corning's extensive portfolio of differentiated specialty fiber products that generate high-value for customers. These products and capabilities include polarization control, rare earth-doped gain fibers, power delivery, bend-insensitive fibers, reduced-diameter fibers, band-gap fibers, harsh-environment/high-temperature fibers and innovative custom solutions.

Corning will showcase a full Specialty Materials product portfolio for the telecommunications industry, including various specialty fibers, polarizing glass and lensed fiber, during the 2007 OFC/NFOEC conference from March 25-30 in Anaheim, California. For more information, visit the Corning booth, #2549, in the Anaheim Convention Center or Corning's Web site at http://www.corning.com/specialtymaterials .

About Corning Incorporated

Corning Incorporated ( http://www.corning.com ) is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on more than 150 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences. Our products include glass substrates for LCD televisions, computer monitors and laptops; ceramic substrates and filters for mobile emission control systems; optical fiber, cable, hardware & equipment for telecommunications networks; optical biosensors for drug discovery; and other advanced optics and specialty glass solutions for a number of industries including semiconductor, aerospace, defense, astronomy and metrology.

Source: Corning Incorporated
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