Abstract

This Engineering and Laboratory Note describes a simple, fast, cost-effective, and practical splicing technique for poly-methyl-methacrylate (PMMA) plastic optical fibers. We believe this technique can be useful for home networks, laboratory research, and educational uses. It employs a widely available, low-cost transparent adhesive combined with a suitable alignment sleeve. The fiber tips did not need to be cleaned or polished, and the polyethylene jacket did not need to be removed. The alignment between the cleaved fibers was performed by means of the jacket. Low insertion losses were measured for the main PMMA-based fiber types.

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