Patent Number: 6,966,201

Title: High-temperature sintering of soot bodies doped using molecular stuffing

Abstract: Techniques are described for fabricating a preform from a soot body. In one described technique, a soot body is loaded into a substrate tube, and the position of the soot body is stabilized within the tube. The tube is then rotated around its longitudinal axis. Heat is applied from a heat source to the substrate tube at a first end of the soot body to cause the first end of the soot body to begin to sinter and to cause the substrate tube to begin to at least partially collapse around the sintered portion of the soot body. The heat source is then advanced along the substrate tube and the soot body to cause a progressive sintering of the soot body, and to cause a progressive, at least partial, collapse of the substrate tube around the sintered portion of the soot body.

Inventors: DiGiovanni; David John (Montclair, NJ), Oh; Kyunghwan (Boon-Dang gu, KR)

Assignee: Furukawa Electric North America, Inc.

International Classification: C03B 37/012 (20060101); C03C 21/00 (20060101); C03B 037/016 ()

Expiration Date: 1/22/02018