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  • Vol. 38, Iss. 34 — Dec. 1, 1999
  • pp: 7080–7084

Simple method of measuring scattering losses in optical fibers

Shin Satoh, Kenzo Susa, and Iwao Matsuyama  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 38, Issue 34, pp. 7080-7084 (1999)

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A simple method of measuring the scattering losses of optical fibers was developed. The method permits the measurement of the scattering-loss spectra by use of photon counting. Measurement is based on right-angle scattering, which is dominated by Rayleigh scattering, a material-intrinsic loss. A reference fiber for which the scattering loss is known is used to cancel out the unknown factors that are dependent on the optical setup. The scattering-loss measurement was demonstrated by use of two different low-loss fibers and was found to agree with predetermined figures to within 10% over the wavelength range 0.44–1.0 µm. Finally, the method was applied to a new high-numerical-aperture optical fiber to find its material scattering loss.

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OCIS Codes
(060.0060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics and optical communications
(120.7000) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Transmission
(160.2750) Materials : Glass and other amorphous materials
(160.6030) Materials : Silica
(160.6060) Materials : Solgel
(290.0290) Scattering : Scattering

Original Manuscript: May 14, 1999
Revised Manuscript: August 23, 1999
Published: December 1, 1999

Shin Satoh, Kenzo Susa, and Iwao Matsuyama, "Simple method of measuring scattering losses in optical fibers," Appl. Opt. 38, 7080-7084 (1999)

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