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Journal of Lightwave Technology


  • Vol. 16, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 1998
  • pp: 892–

Cost-Effective Side-Coupling Polymer Fiber Optics for Optical Interconnections

Yao Li, Ting Wang, and Kenneth Fasanella

Journal of Lightwave Technology, Vol. 16, Issue 5, pp. 892- (1998)

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Potentially low-cost optical side-couplers embedded along a polymer optical fiber are demonstrated using etched micromirrors. Both serial and parallel mirror fabrication possibilities are discussed. Light distributions to as many as 400 such side-coupling ports along a single straight fiber were experimentally obtained with uniformity of 74%. Various unidirectional and bidirectional all polymer array coupler concepts are presented. Some of them are experimentally demonstrated.


Yao Li, Ting Wang, and Kenneth Fasanella, "Cost-Effective Side-Coupling Polymer Fiber Optics for Optical Interconnections," J. Lightwave Technol. 16, 892- (1998)

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