A novel technique for splicing a small core Ge-doped photonic crystal fiber (PCF) was demonstrated using a commercial fusion splicer with default discharge parameters for the splicing of two standard single mode fibers (SMFs). Additional discharge parameter adjustments are not required to splice the PCF to several different SMFs. A low splice loss of 1.0~1.4 dB is achieved. Low or no light reflection is expected at the splice joint due to the complete fusion of the two fiber ends. The splice joint has a high bending strength and does not break when the bending radius is decreased to 4 mm.
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