Fibre Fabrication

Fibre Draw Tower

Purpose Six meter dual sided Heathway fibre draw tower for primary and secondary drawing
Location RPF Physics Lab 404
Material systems Polymers (e.g. Polyurethane, PMMA, Zeonex, Polycarbonate, TPU); soft glass (soda-lime, borosilicate, chalcogenide)
Scale / volume Waveguides (solid, microstructure, air-core); co-drawn carbon elements and wires (e.g. ~500nm x 150nm wires); microstructure (internal air / fluidic channels)
Specs / resolution Three furnace options for various preform sizes and temperature requirements; pressurised fibre coating system; tractor draw unit for capillary / cane drawing; pressurised drawing system; spinning motor for drawing spun fibres