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A Critical Review Of Fiber Optic Connectors
Author(s): M. D. Drake
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Paper Abstract

Connector and fiber manufacturers have succeeded, to a remarkable degree, in solving their common problem of transferring optical energy from one optical waveguide to another in a reasonably efficient manner. Fiber optic cables and connectors have been on the market for over 10 years during which time the loss in connecting two fibers has gone from greater than 5 dB to less than 1 dB. Concurrently, fiber manufacturers have reduced their core/ cladding diameter variations from +6 microns to 2 microns in 50/125 micron core/clad diameter fibers. Improvements in core/clad concentricity, ovality, and numerical aperture variations have also been made. For a time, a finger pointing exercise went on between connector and fiber manufacturers as to who was responsible for the greatest part of con-nector losses (the separation of losses into intrinsic and extrinsic parts). Both parties had to work together to improve their own product as well as the interface, resulting in better products for the users.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 February 1985
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 0512, Fiber Optic Communication Technology, (12 February 1985); doi: 10.1117/12.945045
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M. D. Drake, The MITRE Corporation (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0512:
Fiber Optic Communication Technology
Charles W. Kleekamp, Editor(s)

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