The cleaning action of the cleaning arc of two optical-fiber fusion-splicing devices is investigated. Interferometric analysis of the optical-fiber endfaces before and after exposure to the cleaning arcs reveals damage to the endfaces caused by one of the devices. The position of the fiber relative to the cleaning arc is thought to cause this damage.
© 1996 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: April 4, 1996
Published: August 1, 1996
D. R. Halfpenny and D. M. Kane, "TECHNICAL NOTE Electric-arc cleaning of optical-fiber endfaces," Appl. Opt. 35, 4516-4517 (1996)