13 May 2010 Potential applications of micro-optic technology for next-generation fibre optic connectivity solutions exploitable in access networks
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The potential of fibre-optic connectivity based on micro-optical components for deployment at particular nodes of telecom access networks will be addressed. Low-cost micro-optic components which can be manufactured by high volume replication techniques can provide new functionalities or lead to optical performance improvements of permanent or demateable fibre connections. Some of the most interesting applications involving refractive micro lenses and new fibre alignment structures will be highlighted. Numerical simulations will be presented showing that expanded beam connectors are more robust to pollution than physical contact ferrule-based connectors. The advantages and drawbacks of expanded beam fibre coupling versus physical contact connectivity based on existing and micro-optical structures are discussed.
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Jan Watté, Rainer Petersen, "Potential applications of micro-optic technology for next-generation fibre optic connectivity solutions exploitable in access networks", Proc. SPIE 7716, Micro-Optics 2010, 771612 (13 May 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.859082; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.859082
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