Effects of Sterilization Methods on Specialty Optical Fibers and Terminations

Optical fibers and terminations were subjected to different sterilization techniques, including multiple autoclaving and treatments with peracetic acid, E-beam and UV radiation.  Effects of different sterilization techniques on key optical and mechanical properties of the fibers and the terminations were revealed. 

The primary attention was given to behavior of the coatings on the fibers and adhesives used in the terminations in harsh sterilization environments.  The optical fibers with following four coating/buffer types were investigated: (i) dual acrylate, (ii) polyimide, (iii) silicone/PEEK and (iv) fluoroacrylate hard cladding/ETFE. 



Andrei Stolov
Member of Technical Staff

Andrei Stolov received his Ph.D. degree in physics in 1985 from Kazan State University, Russia, where he became a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Chemistry. He subsequently held positions as a Visiting Scientist at RUCA University in Antwerp, Belgium, and as a Post Doctoral Fellow in the Polymer Science and Engineering department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  In 2000, he joined Lucent Technologies (now OFS) in Avon, CT, as a Member of Technical Staff, where his focus has been the development and characterization of polymer coatings for specialty optical fibers.  Dr. Stolov has authored more than 90 publications in the fields of molecular spectroscopy and polymer science.


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