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Precision Cleaving And Fusion Welding Of Single Mode Fibres
Author(s): Patrick V. Andrews; David Owens
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Paper Abstract

The fusion welding of single-mode fibre in the field requires readily portable equipment, and preferably single-man operation, implying that joint monitoring equipment should be contained in the welding machine. The essential preliminary to low-loss splicing is fibre cleaving to within 0.5 degrees of squareness. A hand-held cleaver that achieves this was designed. A fusion-welding machine which includes monitoring of core transmission by local light injection and detection was developed. The machine is microprocessor-controlled, so that fibre alignment and the welding process are automatic. The mean splice loss is 0.054dB. Field experience is also reported.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 August 1985
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0522, Fibre Optics '85, (22 August 1985); doi: 10.1117/12.946216
Show Author Affiliations
Patrick V. Andrews, BICC Research and Engineering Ltd (England)
David Owens, BICC Telecommunication Cables Ltd (England)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0522:
Fibre Optics '85
Lionel R. Baker, Editor(s)

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