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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 24 — Dec. 15, 2011
  • pp: 4791–4793

Fault analysis: optical performance investigation of fiber connections with imperfect physical contact

Mitsuru Kihara, Morikazu Uchino, Hiroshi Watanabe, and Masanobu Toyonaga  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 24, pp. 4791-4793 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.36.004791


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Abstract

We investigated the insertion and return losses of optical fiber connections with various air-filled gaps. Such gaps might occur when a fiber connection using physical contact unexpectedly fails, resulting in imperfect physical contact. The optical performance of these fiber connections depends on wavelength and gap size. We revealed that the measured optical performance of fiber connections with an imperfect physical contact, i.e., with an air-filled gap, might deteriorate to 18dB for insertion loss and 9.4dB for return loss at worst.

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OCIS Codes
(060.0060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics and optical communications
(060.2340) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics components

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: August 11, 2011
Revised Manuscript: November 4, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: November 4, 2011
Published: December 15, 2011

Citation
Mitsuru Kihara, Morikazu Uchino, Hiroshi Watanabe, and Masanobu Toyonaga, "Fault analysis: optical performance investigation of fiber connections with imperfect physical contact," Opt. Lett. 36, 4791-4793 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-36-24-4791


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