Abstract

We present experimental results on Microstructured Optical Fiber (MOF) splicing with a simple method relying on conventional electric-arc splicers. The results are presented in terms of fusion losses and tensile strength. An electric-arc splicing system is used to demonstrate its effectiveness in splicing MOFs together as well as splicing MOF with a single mode fiber.

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Appl. Opt. (3)

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W. Jin, Y.L. Hoo, J. Ju and H.L. Lo, �??Loss analysis of single-mode fiber/photonic crystal fiber splice�??, Technical Digest, The 16th International Conference on Optical Fiber Sensors, Nara, Japan (2003).

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J. H. Chong, M. K. Rao, Y. Zhu, P. Shum, �??An effective splicing method on photonic crystal fiber using CO2 laser,�?? IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 15, 942-944 (2003).
[CrossRef]

S. Choi, T.J. Eom, J. W. Yu, B. H. Lee, K. Oh, �??Novel all-fiber bandpass filter based on hollow opticalfiber,�?? IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 14, 1701-1703 (2002).
[CrossRef]

J. T. Lizier, G. E. Town�??�??Splice losses in holey optical fibers,�?? IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 13, 794-796 (2001).
[CrossRef]

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Figures (6)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

SEM image of the MOF used for the experiment. The outer diameter of the fiber is 125 µm.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Experimental setup for the measurement of splice losses. A tunable semiconductor laser at 1550nm is used with an IR power meter.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Tensile strength versus splice losses for 3 different arc durations: diamond 0.40s, cross 0.45s, circle 0.50s.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

(Left) SSMF-MOF splice without collapse (arc duration 0.4s). (Right) SSMF-MOF with collapse (arc duration 0.5s).

Fig. 5.
Fig. 5.

Picture of the splice region as seen through a microscope. The dotted circle encloses the region where the collapse occurred.

Fig. 6.
Fig. 6.

MOF-MOF tensile strength versus splice losses.

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