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Fabrication and Characterization of Polymer Optical Fibers Doped with Perylene-Derivatives for Fluorescent Lighting Applications

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Department of Applied Physics I, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Engineering School of Bilbao, Plaza Ingeniero Torres Quevedo, 1, E-48013 Bilbao, Spain
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Department of Applied Mathematics, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Engineering School of Bilbao, Rafael Moreno “Pitxitxi” 3 Pasealekua, E-48013 Bilbao, Spain
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Institute of Microelectronic Technology, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Engineering School of Bilbao, Plaza Ingeniero Torres Quevedo, 1, E-48013 Bilbao, Spain
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Department of Communications Engineering, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Engineering School of Bilbao, Plaza Ingeniero Torres Quevedo, 1, E-48013 Bilbao, Spain
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Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología de Polímeros, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (ICRP-CSIC), Juan de la Cierva 3, 28006 Madrid, Spain
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Academic Editors: Liang Dong and Hwayaw Tam
Fibers 2017, 5(3), 28; https://doi.org/10.3390/fib5030028
Received: 23 June 2017 / Revised: 21 July 2017 / Accepted: 25 July 2017 / Published: 31 July 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Fabrication of Special Optical Glass and Polymer Fibres)
Four different dye-doped polymer optical fibers (POFs) have been fabricated following a two-step fabrication process of preform extrusion and fiber drawing, using poly-(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) as host material and dye derivatives from perylene and naphtalimide as active dopants. The side illumination technique (SIT) has been employed in order to determine some optical properties of the fabricated fibers, such as the side illumination coupling efficiency, optical loss coefficients, and their performance under solar simulator excitation. The aim of this work is to investigate the performance of the manufactured fibers for fluorescent lighting applications, specially targeting on fluorescent fiber based solar concentrators. View Full-Text
Keywords: polymer optical fiber; fiber fabrication; fluorescent materials; lumogen; fluorescent fiber solar concentrator polymer optical fiber; fiber fabrication; fluorescent materials; lumogen; fluorescent fiber solar concentrator
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Parola, I.; Arrospide, E.; Recart, F.; Illarramendi, M.A.; Durana, G.; Guarrotxena, N.; García, O.; Zubia, J. Fabrication and Characterization of Polymer Optical Fibers Doped with Perylene-Derivatives for Fluorescent Lighting Applications. Fibers 2017, 5, 28.

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