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Passive and active data porting to composite integrated optical fibers via integrated optics
Author(s): M. E. Teitelbaum; D. J. O'Brien; E. D. Wetzel; K. W. Goossen
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Paper Abstract

Novel methods for remote coupling of light into optical fibers embedded in composite structures has been explored. A passive technique in which light is coupled via a 45° angled mirror manufactured at the end of a plastic optical fiber (POF) was explored as well as an active technique in which a dye-impregnated POF was used to couple light to immersed fibers without physical connectorization. The fibers were immersed in fluids with different refractive indices to determine the effect of index on the coupling efficiency and simulate optical fibers embedded in a polymer composite. The passive technique proved much more efficient with a maximum efficiency of 91.4% achieved in an index of 1.33. The dye-impregnated POF was much less efficient with typical values ranging from 1%-2% for various indexes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 April 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6928, Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2008, 69282Q (21 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.799244
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M. E. Teitelbaum, Univ. of Delaware (United States)
D. J. O'Brien, Army Research Lab. (United States)
E. D. Wetzel, Army Research Lab. (United States)
K. W. Goossen, Univ. of Delaware (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6928:
Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2008
Mehdi Ahmadian, Editor(s)

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