Hard Clad Silica Fiber

A type of optical fiber in which a silica glass core (diameter: typically 200 µm) is surrounded by a hard polymer or similar material much stronger than the customary cladding material (diameter: 230 µm typically).
The core and cladding can be separated from each other. The hard cladding layer imparts unique properties on these fibers, serving to provide total internal reflection, enhancing the fundamental strength of the fiber, and providing a crimp-worthy thin coating for simple and reliable connectorization in the field.
HCS Fibers have large silica cores and medium bandwidth, supporting transmission rates of less than 100 Mb/s. HCS Fibers are suitable for distances at such data rates of several tens of meters to several hundred meters.


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