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Reference list

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Author Surname, Author Forename. "Title" or Description. Patent number, Agency Issuing the Patent, Date Issued. Name of Website (if applicable), URL.


Bookbinder, Dana, et al. Low diameter optical fiber. US 20180128971 A1, United States Patent and Trademark Office, 10 May 2018. USPTO Patent Full-Text and Image Database,

In-text citation

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"Coated optical fibers with small radii are attractive for reducing the size of cables, decreasing cable cost, and efficiently using existing duct infrastructure for cable installations," (Bookbinder et al.).

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