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Excimer laser machining of optical fiber taps
Author(s): Richard J. Coyle; Anthony J. Serafino; Gary J. Grimes; James Robert Bortolini
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Paper Abstract

Precision openings for construction of an optical backplane have been machined in an optical fiber using an excimer laser operating at a wavelength of 193 nm. The openings were made by imaging the laser beam onto the polymer fiber cladding with a telescope, then ablating the cladding with a sufficient number of pulses to expose the core. Circular openings measuring 250 and 625 microns and elliptical openings measuring 650 X 350 microns have been made in the cladding of a 1 mm polymer-clad silica fiber. Examination by scanning electron microscopy reveals that the best quality openings are obtained with either the smaller circular geometry or the elliptical geometry. For various reasons, elliptical openings, with the major axis oriented along the longitudinal axis of the fiber, appear more suitable for tap construction. Individual optical fiber taps have been constructed by attaching a tap fiber to a laser machined opening in a central fiber using an ultraviolet-curable acralate. Individual tap measurements were made on the elliptical and the 250 micron circular openings. In addition, a triple tap assembly was made using elliptical tap openings. These results indicate that the excimer laser machining technique may be applicable to the construction of a linear tapped bus for optical backplanes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1991
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1412, Gas and Metal Vapor Lasers and Applications, (1 May 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.43642
Show Author Affiliations
Richard J. Coyle, AT&T Bell Labs. (United States)
Anthony J. Serafino, AT&T Bell Labs. (United States)
Gary J. Grimes, AT&T Bell Labs. (United States)
James Robert Bortolini, AT&T Bell Labs. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1412:
Gas and Metal Vapor Lasers and Applications
Jin J. Kim; Frank K. Tittel, Editor(s)

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