INVESTIGATION OF COHERENT OPTICAL PROPAGATION.
TECHNICAL OPERATIONS INC BURLINGTON MASS
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The report discusses the guided propagation of an optical signal. The beam-waveguide was chosen for consideration because of its extremely low intrinsic loss. These intrinsic losses, along with misalignment and feed losses, are derived. The misalignment losses are high. To reduce them, a flexible joint was designed that allows the guide to flex without introducing prohibitive losses. Although much work remains to be done before a practical optical waveguide for long paths exists, the report demonstrates the feasibility of the beam-waveguide. Author