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Theoretical and empirical qualification of a mechanical-optical interface for parallel optics links
Author(s): S. Chuang; D. Schoellner; A. Ugolini; J. Wakjira; G. Wolf; P. Gandhi; A. Persaud
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Paper Abstract

As the implementation of parallel optics continues to evolve, development of a universal coupling interface between VCSEL/PD arrays and the corresponding photonic turn connector is necessary. A newly developed monolithic mechanical-optical interface efficiently couples optical transmit/receive arrays to the accompanying fiber optic connector. This paper describes the optical model behind the coupling interface and validates the model using empirical measurements. Optical modeling will address how the interface is adaptable to the broad range of VCSEL/PD optical parameters from commercially available VCSEL hardware manufacturers; the optical model will illustrate coupling efficiencies versus launch specifications. Theoretical modeling will examine system sensitivity through Monte Carlo simulations and provide alignment tolerance requirements. Empirical results will be presented to validate the optical model predictions and subsequent system performance. Functionality will be demonstrated through optical loss and coupling efficiency measurements. System metrics will include characterizations such as eye diagram results and link loss measurements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 April 2015
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 9368, Optical Interconnects XV, 93680P (3 April 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2077615
Show Author Affiliations
S. Chuang, US Conec Ltd (United States)
D. Schoellner, US Conec Ltd. (United States)
A. Ugolini, US Conec Ltd. (United States)
J. Wakjira, US Conec Ltd. (United States)
G. Wolf, US Conec Ltd. (United States)
P. Gandhi, Amphenol TCS (United States)
A. Persaud, Amphenol TCS (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9368:
Optical Interconnects XV
Henning Schröder; Ray T. Chen, Editor(s)

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