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Field Applicable Optical Fiber Tap System For Uni- And Bidirectional Vehicle Networks
Author(s): William B. Beck; Richard T. Dillon; Malcolm H. Hodge
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Paper Abstract

The recent development of a unique optical fiber tapping system has extended the advantages of noise-free communications and sensing to passive bus networks. This new tapping technique will be described and discussed in the context of short distance networks suitable for a variety of platforms and vehicles. These linear networks may be implemented with either prefabricated, multidrop harnesses or post-installation tapping. Networks based on this technique may be "head-end" driven, 1 x N topologies or totally passive, launch/drop bidirectional architectures. The range of achievable tap ratios, environmental considerations and device selection are analyzed with emphasis on system budget modelling. Actual examples of both types of networks will be discussed in detail with particular emphasis on an 80 node (160 tap) launch/drop optical bus achieved on a single unbroken fiber.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 February 1989
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 0989, Fiber Optic Systems for Mobile Platforms II, (9 February 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.959831
Show Author Affiliations
William B. Beck, Ensign-Bickford Optics Company (United States)
Richard T. Dillon, Ensign-Bickford Optics Company (United States)
Malcolm H. Hodge, Ensign-Bickford Optics Company (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0989:
Fiber Optic Systems for Mobile Platforms II
Norris E. Lewis; Emery L. Moore, Editor(s)

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