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Splicing plastic optical fibers
Author(s): Susan D. Carson; Roberto A. Salazar
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Paper Abstract

Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) plastic optical fiber (500 micrometers diameter, fluoropolymer cladding) has been spliced using a fused silica sleeve and a variety of solvent/PMMA solutions as adhesives. Mechanical splicing using index matching fluid has also been investigated. To ensure good bonding and minimize scattering, fiber ends are polished prior to application of adhesive. Using an LED ((lambda) max approximately 640 nm), losses are routinely less than 1.0 dB/splice, and some adhesive formulations have exhibited losses as low as 0.2 dB/splice. Five-meter fibers with as many as ten splices/fiber have been monitored over a period of several months. No fiber has exhibited an increase in optical loss with time.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 December 1991
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 1592, Plastic Optical Fibers, (1 December 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.51000
Show Author Affiliations
Susan D. Carson, BDM International, Inc. (United States)
Roberto A. Salazar, BDM International, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1592:
Plastic Optical Fibers
Mototaka Kitazawa; John F. Kreidl; Robert E. Steele, Editor(s)

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