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Potential applications of micro-optic technology for next-generation fibre optic connectivity solutions exploitable in access networks
Author(s): Jan Watté; Rainer Petersen
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Paper Abstract

The potential of fibre-optic connectivity based on micro-optical components for deployment at particular nodes of telecom access networks will be addressed. Low-cost micro-optic components which can be manufactured by high volume replication techniques can provide new functionalities or lead to optical performance improvements of permanent or demateable fibre connections. Some of the most interesting applications involving refractive micro lenses and new fibre alignment structures will be highlighted. Numerical simulations will be presented showing that expanded beam connectors are more robust to pollution than physical contact ferrule-based connectors. The advantages and drawbacks of expanded beam fibre coupling versus physical contact connectivity based on existing and micro-optical structures are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 May 2010
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7716, Micro-Optics 2010, 771612 (13 May 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.859082
Show Author Affiliations
Jan Watté, Tyco Electronics Corp. (Belgium)
Rainer Petersen, Tyco Electronics Corp. (Belgium)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7716:
Micro-Optics 2010
Hugo Thienpont; Peter Van Daele; Jürgen Mohr; Hans Zappe, Editor(s)

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