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Vibration performance comparison study on current fiber optic connector technologies
Author(s): William Joseph Thomes; Frank V. LaRocca; Robert C. Switzer; Melanie N. Ott; Richard F. Chuska; Shawn L. Macmurphy
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Paper Abstract

Fiber optic cables are increasingly being used in harsh environments where they are subjected to vibration. Understanding the degradation in performance under these conditions is essential for integration of the fibers into the given application. System constraints often require fiber optic connectors so that subsystems can be removed or assembled as needed. In the present work, various types of fiber optic connectors were monitored in-situ during vibration testing to examine the transient change in optical transmission and the steady-state variation following the event. The fiber endfaces and connectors were inspected at selected intervals throughout the testing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 September 2008
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 7070, Optical Technologies for Arming, Safing, Fuzing, and Firing IV, 70700A (3 September 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.796644
Show Author Affiliations
William Joseph Thomes, MEI Technologies/NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Frank V. LaRocca, MEI Technologies/NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Robert C. Switzer, MEI Technologies/NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Melanie N. Ott, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Richard F. Chuska, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Shawn L. Macmurphy, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7070:
Optical Technologies for Arming, Safing, Fuzing, and Firing IV
Fred M. Dickey; Richard A. Beyer, Editor(s)

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