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A Real World Approach To Plastic Clad Silica (PCS) Fiber Terminations
Author(s): David R. Maack; John J. Magera; Arthur J. Harvey
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Paper Abstract

The use of plastic clad silica as a low cost, large core, high N.A. radiation hard, low loss optical fiber has been tempered by several unique termination constraints. These constraints are caused by the soft and relatively thick silicone cladding material which contributes to mechanical instability, low shear strength, poor concentricity, and higher losses when using termination techniques designed for glass/glass fiber systems. Specific methods developed for PCS usually require the user to accept a tradeoff between optical loss and mechanical stability of the termination. The results of this work indicates there are broad areas of real world optical system usage where these termination trade-offs are more than compensated for by the advantages. PCS fiber is an extremely viable and cost effective candidate for low bandwidth, short length (less than 1 Km) systems using inexpensive E-0 devices and connectors. And finally, because of some of its unique properties, it is highly probable PCS will be required for many of the Fiber Optic Sensors of the future.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1984
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0479, Fiber Optic Couplers, Connectors, and Splice Technology, (1 August 1984); doi: 10.1117/12.942796
Show Author Affiliations
David R. Maack, EOTec Corporation (United States)
John J. Magera, EOTec Corporation (United States)
Arthur J. Harvey, EOTec Corporation (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0479:
Fiber Optic Couplers, Connectors, and Splice Technology
Carl A. Villarruel, Editor(s)

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