image conduit is a bundle of fibers (usually fused) that can transmit
an image from one end to the other, with resolution that is a function
of the constituent fiber diameter. Overall conduit diameters can
be on the order of 0.1mm to 25mm (0.004" - 1"), and are typically
12mm - 150mm (0.5" - 6") in length for large diameter pieces, or
as long as several feet for smaller diameter pieces. Image conduits
are usually drawn as multi-fiber structures, which are fused together
during the draw process.
with individual fibers, image conduits larger than approximately
1.5mm (0.06") in diameter are fairly rigid, but can be permanently
bent to meet special routing requirements. As with multi-fibers,
image conduits can be designed to have custom OAR's, constituent
fiber diameters, EMA configurations, and numerical apertures.
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