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The simple and practical variable optical attenuator using a piezoelectric sheet containing an optical fiber
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Paper Abstract

In this letter, we proposed a new method for a variable optical attenuator (VOA) through controlling a mechanical misalignment between 2 single mode fibers using a piezoelectric sheet. A piezoelectric sheet with 3 electrodes is adopted in our proposed structure. We can change amount of the bend of the PZT sheet by controlling the applied voltage on the inner electrode of the PZT sheet, which causes the optical loss to be dependent on the applied voltage. The numerical analysis about the optical loss related to the various mechanical offsets is also investigated. From our experimental results, the dynamic range of the proposed structure is about from 0 to 56 dB when the applied voltage range is from 0 to 22V DC. In our previous work using the piezoelectric tube, the dynamic range is about from 0 to 25dB when it is from 0 to 600V DC. The required voltage to get the same attenuation is dramatically reduced. It can make it more practical in the optical communication field.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 October 2006
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6374, Optomechatronic Actuators, Manipulation, and Systems Control, 63740G (19 October 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.685676
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Seungtaek Kim, Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (South Korea)
Heuiseok Kang, Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (South Korea)
Sungbok Kang, Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (South Korea)
Won Kim, Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (South Korea)
Hoon Jeong, Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (South Korea)
Youngjune Cho, Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (South Korea)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6374:
Optomechatronic Actuators, Manipulation, and Systems Control
Farrokh Janabi-Sharifi; Yukitoshi Otani, Editor(s)

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