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Novel low-cost approach to test large port-count fiber optic components
Author(s): Arun K. Agarwal
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Paper Abstract

Conventional test methods use optical switches for testing large port count devices such as couplers and splitters. This method is both capital and labor intensive and the cost of such a system runs between $250 to $300 per test channel. This paper describes a very reliable and low-cost approach for testing a large number of fibers using a mechanical indexer. The method not only reduces the setup time considerably but also offers significant savings in capital equipment. Using this concept, a test system capable of testing 600 channel has been built at a cost of less than $50 per test channel.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 November 1993
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1973, Passive Fiber Optic Components and Their Reliability, (18 November 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.163789
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Arun K. Agarwal, Raynet Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1973:
Passive Fiber Optic Components and Their Reliability
Vincent J. Tekippe; John P. Varachi Jr., Editor(s)

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