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Long-term reliability tests on fused biconical taper couplers
Author(s): Douglas R. Moore
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Paper Abstract

Over the last several years, fiber optic couplers manufactured via the fused biconical taper (FBT) process have been extensively used in a variety of fiber optic systems and instrumentation. However, because of the rapid development and deployment of this technology, there is only limited field data available regarding the long term performance and reliability of these components. In this paper some recent results of a such a study on FBT couplers will be reported. The test program consisted of accelerated heat and humidity tests, repetitive temperature cycling, mechanical shock and vibration tests as well as long term shelf tests. A review of the test data will be presented along with an estimate of component lifetimes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 1991
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1366, Fiber Optics Reliability: Benign and Adverse Environments IV, (1 February 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.24723
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Douglas R. Moore, Gould, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1366:
Fiber Optics Reliability: Benign and Adverse Environments IV
Roger A. Greenwell; Dilip K. Paul, Editor(s)

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