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Contamination effects in single-mode optical fiber connectors
Author(s): Geoff M. Proudley; Henry J. White
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Paper Abstract

The use of singlemode fibers on aircraft has been limited due to the perceived robustness of the connection and cost implications compared to multi-mode fiber systems. However, single-mode fibers are required for certain functions such as wavelength division multiplexing, analogue RF over fiber and fiber Bragg grating systems for structural health monitoring. In this paper a selection of connectors using singlemode fibers have been assessed for their operation in the presence of contaminants, both particulate and fluid. Butt-coupled connectors and expanded-beam type connectors were assessed under the same conditions. The results have shown that different connector designs behave differently in the presence of contamination but no single design could perform well over all test conditions. The results of the tests will be presented and discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 May 2013
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8720, Photonic Applications for Aerospace, Commercial, and Harsh Environments IV, 87200W (31 May 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2018074
Show Author Affiliations
Geoff M. Proudley, BAE Systems (United Kingdom)
Henry J. White, BAE Systems (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8720:
Photonic Applications for Aerospace, Commercial, and Harsh Environments IV
Alex A. Kazemi; Bernard C. Kress; Simon Thibault, Editor(s)

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