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Basketweave test "apparent" microbending loss induced by differences in optical fiber coating bulk and surface cure
Author(s): Peter R. Stupak; B. Bellerive
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Paper Abstract

The 'apparent' microbend sensitivity of 62.5/125 micrometer graded index multimode fiber was examined as a function of both cure temperature and oxygen concentration present during cure for three UV curable acrylate coatings. The 'basketweave' test was used to quantify the microbending loss. Two coating materials cured under elevated temperature conditions exhibited increased microbending loss response at ambient test temperatures. One of the two coatings cured as a function of decreasing oxygen concentration exhibited increased loss at both ambient and low test temperatures. The microbending loss for both experiments was time dependent. Potential mechanisms responsible for the loss behavior observed in both experiments were proposed and supported with strip force and fiber friction force data.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 January 1996
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2611, Optical Network Engineering and Integrity, (15 January 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.230106
Show Author Affiliations
Peter R. Stupak, SpecTran Corp. (United States)
B. Bellerive, SpecTran Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2611:
Optical Network Engineering and Integrity
Hakan H. Yuce; Dilip K. Paul; Roger A. Greenwell, Editor(s)

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