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1. (WO2018102135) LASER SINTERED FLEXIBLE RIBBON

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/102135    International Application No.:    PCT/US2017/061884
Publication Date: Fri Jun 08 01:59:59 CEST 2018 International Filing Date: Thu Nov 16 00:59:59 CET 2017
IPC: G02B 6/44
Applicants: CORNING OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS LLC
Inventors: BRINGUIER, Anne Germaine
CHIASSON, David Wesley
NAYAK, Barada Kanta
Title: LASER SINTERED FLEXIBLE RIBBON
Abstract:
A rollable optical fiber ribbon includes a plurality of optical transmission elements, wherein each optical transmission element includes an optical core surrounded by a cladding of a different refractive index than the optical core, the cladding surrounded by a fiber coating layer, the fiber coating layer having an inner surface contacting the cladding and an outer surface defining an exterior surface of the optical transmission elements; and a coupling element coupled to and supporting the plurality of optical transmission elements in an array. The coupling element forms a chevron pattern and is formed from a flexible polymeric material such that the plurality of optical transmission elements are reversibly movable from an unrolled position in which the plurality of optical transmission elements are substantially aligned with each other to a rolled position.