Abstract

The 3-D distribution of scattered light intensity from a short fiber segment was measured to clarify the light scattering characteristics of fluoride fibers that contain alkaline metal ions (Li+ or Na+). It was verified that the scattering loss of fluoride fibers containing alkali exhibits a typical Rayleigh 1/wavelength4 dependence. In addition, it was found that fluoride fibers containing alkali exhibit strong backscattering, which is distinctive light scattering phenomena for phase-separated glass.

© 1987 Optical Society of America

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