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, 37 (15), 3198-200

Is Polar Bear Hair Fiber Optic?

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Is Polar Bear Hair Fiber Optic?

D W Koon. Appl Opt.

Abstract

New direct measurement of high optical attenuation rates in polar bear hairs--2-8 dB/mm in the visible--and reanalysis of the data of Tributsch et al. [Sol. Energy Mater. 21, 219 (1990)] seem to rule out the UV waveguiding proposed by Grojean et al. [Appl. Opt. 19, 339 (1980)]. The case against fiber-optic polar bear hairs is summarized, and four conditions are given that any variation of the model of Grojean et al. would have to satisfy.

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