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30 September 1996 Polymer optical fiber side couplers using embedded micromirrors
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Proceedings Volume 2891, Integrated Optoelectronics; (1996)
Event: Photonics China '96, 1996, Beijing, China
Optical signal distributions through side-emitting ports along a polymer optical fiber are demonstrated using etched micro-mirrors. Low-cost serial and parallel mirror fabrication processes are described. Near uniform light distributions through as many as 200 such output ports along a single fiber of 0.75 mm diameter and 0.485 numerical aperture are obtainable. A 4 X 16 plastic array coupler for fiber-to-fiber interconnections was fabricated. The fabricated couplers have maximum coupling efficiencies of up to 84.7% and 91.4% using, respectively, the total internal reflection type and metal coating type micro-mirrors. The coupling uniformity for the two cases are 84% and 76%, respectively. The coupling efficiency and its relation to misalignments are studied.
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Yao Li and Ting Wang "Polymer optical fiber side couplers using embedded micromirrors", Proc. SPIE 2891, Integrated Optoelectronics, (30 September 1996);


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