Once you have your reflective fiber with you, you should subject it to a number of tests to ensure that it’s in perfect condition. Some of the tests that you should subject it to include: refractive index profile, tensile strength, bandwidth, fiber geometry, attenuation, temperature dependence, operating temperature, and ability to conduct light underwater.
It’s only after the fibers have passed these tests should you package ensemble them in a cable. You can make a cable with one fiber strand or with a number of strands. It all depends on the application.
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