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System for generating an optical fiber is provided. The method includes creating a green fiber consisting primarily of a ceramic material and sintering the green fiber with a laser by moving the green fiber through a beam of the laser to increase the density of the fiber after sintering. The system for creating a continuous optical fiber includes an extruder, a processing chamber, and a laser. The extruder is configured to extrude a ceramic slurry as a green fiber. The processing chamber is configured to receive and process the green fiber. And, the laser is configured to direct a laser spot on the green fiber exiting the processing chamber to sinter the green fiber.
- Can be used to create a continuous optical fiber
- Minimizes contamination of the fiber, as other sintering techniques require the large surface areas of furnaces and presses to be heated and exposed to the fiber, whereas with laser processing it is only the fiber itself, which is heated
- Businesses can commercialize the technology by licensing U.S. Patent 8,679,378 from the Air Force