Abstract

Ultraviolet curable coatings for protecting optical fiber are widely used throughout the world. These coatings enable fiber manufacturers to produce high-performance optical fibers at rapid line speed with easy handling. Over the years, the manufacturers have been required to increase the line speed of drawing fiber, currently achieving rates as high as 12 m/s.1 This requires faster curing coatings. In the process of designing and developing these new coatings, it became important to study their curing reaction kinetics.

© 1989 Optical Society of America

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