OSA's Digital Library

Applied Optics

Applied Optics


  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 48, Iss. 30 — Oct. 20, 2009
  • pp: 5664–5667

High power handling shape memory alloy optical fiber connector

Dominic Faucher, Alex Fraser, Patrick Zivojinovic, Xavier Pruneau Godmaire, Éric Weynant, Martin Bernier, and Réal Vallée  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 30, pp. 5664-5667 (2009)

View Full Text Article

Enhanced HTML    Acrobat PDF (284 KB)

Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools



We present a novel shape memory alloy-based optical fiber splicing device that can provide robust, low loss, and high power handling splices between single-mode fibers of identical or entirely different glass compositions. The achieved splice loss was as low as 0.12 dB between two SMF-28 fibers with an average value of 0.23 dB . To the best of our knowledge, this is the first demonstration of a purely mechanical splicing device that can withstand optical powers in excess of 10 W with various combinations of silica and fluoride fibers. The device can be used in moderate to high power all-fiber components, especially those involving junctions unsuitable to fusion splicing, such as fiber lasers and amplifiers based on fluo ride, chalcogenide, or microstructured fibers.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.2340) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics components
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: June 30, 2009
Revised Manuscript: September 11, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: September 25, 2009
Published: October 12, 2009

Dominic Faucher, Alex Fraser, Patrick Zivojinovic, Xavier Pruneau Godmaire, Éric Weynant, Martin Bernier, and Réal Vallée, "High power handling shape memory alloy optical fiber connector," Appl. Opt. 48, 5664-5667 (2009)

Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset  


  1. B. Bourliaguet, C. Paré, F. Émond, A. Croteau, A. Proulx, and R. Vallée, “Microstructured fiber splicing,” Opt. Express 11, 3412-3417 (2003). [PubMed]
  2. M. Bernier, D. Faucher, R. Vallée, A. Saliminia, G. Androz, Y. Sheng, and S. L. Chin, “Bragg gratings photoinduced in ZBLAN fibers by femtosecond pulses at 800 nm,” Opt. Lett. 32, 454-456 (2007). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  3. G. Androz, D. Faucher, M. Bernier, and R. Vallée, “Monolithic fluoride fiber laser at 1480 nm using fiber Bragg gratings,” Opt. Lett. 32, 1302-1304 (2007). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  4. X. Zhu and R. Jain, “10 W-level diode-pumped compact 2.78 μm ZBLAN fiber laser,” Opt. Lett. 32, 26-28 (2007). [CrossRef]
  5. B. B. Harbison, W. I. Roberts, and I. D. Aggarwal, “Fusion splicing of heavy metal fluoride glass optical fibers,” Electron. Lett. 25, 1214-1215 (1989). [CrossRef]
  6. B. Srinivasan, M. Erlandsson, G. S. Feller, E. W. Mies, and R. K. Jain, “Reproducible fusion splicing of low melting point (fluoride) optical fibers with the use of a stable heat source,” in Optical Fiber Conference, OSA Technical Digest Series (OSA, 1997), paper TuB1.
  7. L. Rivoallan and J. Y. Guilloux, “Fusion splicing of fluoride glass optical fibre with CO2 laser,” Electron. Lett. 24, 756-757 (1988). [CrossRef]
  8. M. M. Kozak, W. Kowalsky, and R. Caspary, “Low-loss glue splicing method to join silica and fluoride fibers,” Electron. Lett. 41, 21-22 (2005). [CrossRef]
  9. G. Trouillard, P. Zivojinovic, M. Bergeron, A. Fraser, and E. Weynant, “New connectivity solution for optical fibers using PhasOptx shape memory alloy Optimend,” in Proceedings of the Avionics, Fiber-Optics and Photonics Conference (IEEE, 2008), pp. 89-90. [CrossRef]
  10. E. Weynant, P. Zivojinovic, E. Menu, A. Fraser, and M. Bergeron, “Connector for multiple optical fibers and installation apparatus,” International patent application WO 2008/151445 A1 filed 16 June 2008.

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.


Fig. 1 Fig. 2 Fig. 3

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited