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Polymer and metal-matrix composite-embedded optical fibers for avionics communication links
Author(s): Scott A. Meller; Jonathan A. Greene; Carrie L. Kozikowski; Kent A. Murphy; Richard O. Claus
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Paper Abstract

Significant weight and space savings have been realized in avionic equipment and structures by using composite materials. Optical fiber provides improved communication between equipment and components on board the aircraft. The marriage of these two technologies by embedding optical fiber in the composites achieves improved signal transmission and reduced weight. The goal of this work is to provide reliable, low-profile, optical interconnects with composite-embedded optical fiber for communication with opto-electronic circuit cards and modules. The design and results of a prototype embedded multimode optical beamsplitter utilizing in-fiber 45 degree(s) dielectric coatings are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 June 1997
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3042, Smart Structures and Materials 1997: Smart Sensing, Processing, and Instrumentation, (6 June 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.275758
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Scott A. Meller, Fiber and Sensor Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Jonathan A. Greene, Fiber and Sensor Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Carrie L. Kozikowski, Fiber and Sensor Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Kent A. Murphy, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Richard O. Claus, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3042:
Smart Structures and Materials 1997: Smart Sensing, Processing, and Instrumentation
Richard O. Claus, Editor(s)

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