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Packaging of tapered waveguides with MT connectors to cost effectively facilitate connection of single-mode and multimode optical networks
Author(s): Chad Noddings; Suning Tang; Ray T. Chen
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Paper Abstract

With the rapid expansion of short haul data communication networks and the conversion of long haul telecommunication networks from voice to IP based data protocols, an optical technique to combine these two networks as well as other mode mismatched networks and components must be developed. Since the interface of these networks will be with-in centralized routers/hub/switching stations which involves multiple channels/optical fibers, a low loss cost effective solution is required for a multi-channel physical fiber connection between the networks. Currently one standard multi-channel fiber connector, the (MT) mechanically transferable, is widely used on both types of networks and fortunately shares with one exception, the same physical fiber ferrule from factors that could facilitate the physical interface between these networks. To compensate for the one exception a tapered waveguide that is physically matched to each network fiber core type has been package to facilitate low loss coupling with MT connectors. A technical description follows for packaging tapered waveguides supplied from Radiation Research Inc. into a form suitable for connection between a single and multi-mode MT connector. This form will be referred as a MT stand-off.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 April 1999
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 3632, Optoelectronic Interconnects VI, (13 April 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.344613
Show Author Affiliations
Chad Noddings, New Century Consulting (United States)
Suning Tang, Radiant Research, Inc. (United States)
Ray T. Chen, Univ. of Texas/Austin (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3632:
Optoelectronic Interconnects VI
Julian P. G. Bristow; Suning Tang, Editor(s)

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