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Reliability and failure analysis of fiber optical network components
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes analysis tools and characterization techniques for photonic components related materials analysis as well as functionality and reliability testing. Field failures and breakdowns of optical fibers and cables, fiber Bragg gratings, connectors, semiconductor lasers, opto-couplers, micro-optical elements, and others have to be analyzed and failure causes and mechanisms have to be found in order to improve future components. On the other hand, new materials used and new components for future all-optical networks may lead to new failure mechanisms, which have to be analyzed and modeled for lifetime predictions. In this paper some basic principles of instruments and techniques used for reliability and failure analysis rather than a deep treatise are given and may guide the reader to find appropriate methods for a specific problem. Illustrative examples are provided.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 April 2003
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4940, Reliability of Optical Fiber Components, Devices, Systems, and Networks, (30 April 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.468276
Show Author Affiliations
Philipp M. Nellen, EMPA-Swiss Federal Labs. for Materials Testing and Research (Switzerland)
Marcel Held, EMPA-Swiss Federal Labs. for Materials Testing and Research (Switzerland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4940:
Reliability of Optical Fiber Components, Devices, Systems, and Networks

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