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A Universal Launch Multimode Fiber Optic Attenuation Test
Author(s): R. Neumann; A. Allen; J. Levy; J. Hayes
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Paper Abstract

Presently, a standard field fiber optic attenuation test, such as FOTP-171, requires one precision reference cable for each fiber size (50 p, 62.5μ, 85μ or 100μ) and for each connector type to be tested. Depending on the test method used, a launch fiber of each size may also be needed. We propose a test method which uses one universal reference cable to replace the 4 reference (and possibly 4 launch) cables presently required. In addition to the obvious cost and logistics saving, test results show that the consistency and repeatability of loss measurement are improved. Results correlating the proposed new method to standard test methods (substitution loss and insertion) are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 January 1990
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1180, Tests, Measurements, and Characterization of Electro-Optic Devices and Systems, (23 January 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.963458
Show Author Affiliations
R. Neumann, Digital Equipment of Canada Ltd. (Canada)
A. Allen, Digital Equipment Corp. (United States)
J. Levy, Digital Equipment Corp. (United States)
J. Hayes, Fotec Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1180:
Tests, Measurements, and Characterization of Electro-Optic Devices and Systems
Shekhar G. Wadekar, Editor(s)

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