18 November 1993 Issues relating to the performance of optical connectors and splices
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Proceedings Volume 1973, Passive Fiber Optic Components and Their Reliability; (1993) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.163786
Event: Video Communications and Fiber Optic Networks, 1993, Berlin, Germany
Abstract
The performance of an optical splice or connector is defined by its insertion loss and reflectance. Insertion loss is well understood and primarily depends on the precision of the alignment of the two fiber cores. Reflectance performance is more complex; it depends strongly on the fiber separation and the refractive index of the media between the fiber endfaces, as well as the preparation of the endfaces. This paper describes the principle sources of loss and reflectance for both mechanical splices and connectors. The connectors considered are those with cylindrical-ferrule, physical-contact design and the mechanical splices considered are those which use either index-matching gels or adhesives at the fiber-fiber interface. The paper shows data illustrating typical performance parameters. Finally, some specific concerns that exist regarding reliability and intermateability issues are considered. These include the issue of fiber motion in connectors and particulate occlusion (e.g., voids, contaminants, droplets) in splices.
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Leslie A. Reith, Leslie A. Reith, } "Issues relating to the performance of optical connectors and splices", Proc. SPIE 1973, Passive Fiber Optic Components and Their Reliability, (18 November 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.163786; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.163786
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