Abstract

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

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  1. A. Stronski, Siecor Corporation, 105 Marcel-Laurin Boul., St Laurent, Quebec H4N 2M3 (personal communication, 1996).
  2. K. Houda, Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd., 3-12 Motoakasaka 1-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107 (personal communication, 1996).

Houda, K.

K. Houda, Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd., 3-12 Motoakasaka 1-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107 (personal communication, 1996).

Stronski, A.

A. Stronski, Siecor Corporation, 105 Marcel-Laurin Boul., St Laurent, Quebec H4N 2M3 (personal communication, 1996).

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A. Stronski, Siecor Corporation, 105 Marcel-Laurin Boul., St Laurent, Quebec H4N 2M3 (personal communication, 1996).

K. Houda, Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd., 3-12 Motoakasaka 1-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107 (personal communication, 1996).

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Figures (3)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Position of the fibers relative to the cleaning arc in (a) Northern Telecom and (b) Sumitomo fusion-splicing devices.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Interferograms of cleaved single-mode-fiber endfaces both (a) before and (b) after exposure to the Northern Telecom cleaning arc. The fringe pattern is seen to change from straight fringes, indicating the flatness of the fiber endface, to curved fringes, indicating curvature of the endface.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Interferograms of cleaved single-mode-fiber endfaces (a) before and (b) after exposure to the Sumitomo cleaning arc. It can be seen that no curvature of the endface has occurred from exposure to the cleaning arc.

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