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Routes to practical plastic optical fiber systems
Author(s): Whitney R. White; Lee L. Blyler Jr.; Giorgio Giaretta; Xina Quan; William A. Reed; Michael Dueser; George Shevchuk; Pierre Wiltzius
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Paper Abstract

Plastic optical fiber (POF) has long been seen as a potential medium for implementing simple, very low cost optical links, but has not yet found significant application in data communication. In the near future, this situation is likely to change, as a new generation of POF with dramatically improved optical properties becomes commercially available. Unlike conventional POF, the new POF is based on amorphous perfluorinated polymers that are transparent in the near infrared. In order to develop useful fibers based on these new polymer materials, it has been necessary to better understand their fundamental optical properties, and to develop methods for manufacturing low-loss fiber. Since the available manufacturing methods typically result in graded-index POF's with very non-ideal index profiles, the possibility of severe bandwidth limitations has long been a concern. In addition, significant improvements in connection loss will be required to support high-speed systems. In this paper, we describe techniques that we and others have developed to eliminate or overcome these obstacles.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 November 2000
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4106, Linear, Nonlinear, and Power-Limiting Organics, (29 November 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.408535
Show Author Affiliations
Whitney R. White, Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs. (United States)
Lee L. Blyler Jr., Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs. (United States)
Giorgio Giaretta, Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs. (United States)
Xina Quan, Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs. (United States)
William A. Reed, Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs. (United States)
Michael Dueser, Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs. (United States)
George Shevchuk, Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs. (United States)
Pierre Wiltzius, Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4106:
Linear, Nonlinear, and Power-Limiting Organics
Manfred Eich; Christopher M. Lawson; Mark G. Kuzyk; Manfred Eich; Mark G. Kuzyk; Christopher M. Lawson; Robert A. Norwood, Editor(s)

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