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Optical Fiber Power Delivery System
Author(s): Donald S. Frankel; Mary Beth Tabacco; Thomas G. DiGiuseppe
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Paper Abstract

Optical fiber communications systems must use repeaters for very longhaul applications. Optical fiber sensor systems need both optical power to activate the sensor and electrical power for analog to digital conversion, data processing and data communications. Motivated by the development of ultra-low loss fibers, the remote optical powering of devices such as sensors and relays has been investigated. Such a scheme should be useful in enhancing conventional system service lifetime, and for powering devices in constrained or hazardous environments. The remote powering of small devices using optical fibers has now been demonstrated in our laboratory. This is the first demonstration of an optical power delivery system including source, fiber, loss mechanisms, power conversion and device powering. The demonstration system will be discussed along with the damage thresholds for various silica and fluoride fibers, state of the art photovoltaic devices and infrared optical power sources.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 February 1987
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0721, Fiber Optics in Adverse Environments III, (4 February 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.937635
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Donald S. Frankel, Geo-Centers, Incorporated (United States)
Mary Beth Tabacco, Geo-Centers, Incorporated (United States)
Thomas G. DiGiuseppe, Geo-Centers, Incorporated (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0721:
Fiber Optics in Adverse Environments III
Roger A. Greenwell, Editor(s)

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