Cleaving of TOPAS and PMMA microstructured polymer optical fibers: Core-shift and statistical quality optimization

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@article{71dcc554db594e5688e5459775a21fae,
title = "Cleaving of TOPAS and PMMA microstructured polymer optical fibers: Core-shift and statistical quality optimization",
publisher = "Elsevier BV North-Holland",
author = "Alessio Stefani and Kristian Nielsen and Rasmussen, {Henrik K.} and Ole Bang",
year = "2012",
doi = "10.1016/j.optcom.2011.12.033",
volume = "285",
number = "7",
pages = "1825--1833",
journal = "Optics Communications",
issn = "0030-4018",

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TY - JOUR

T1 - Cleaving of TOPAS and PMMA microstructured polymer optical fibers: Core-shift and statistical quality optimization

A1 - Stefani,Alessio

A1 - Nielsen,Kristian

A1 - Rasmussen,Henrik K.

A1 - Bang,Ole

AU - Stefani,Alessio

AU - Nielsen,Kristian

AU - Rasmussen,Henrik K.

AU - Bang,Ole

PB - Elsevier BV North-Holland

PY - 2012

Y1 - 2012

N2 - We fabricated an electronically controlled polymer optical fiber cleaver, which uses a razor-blade guillotine and provides independent control of fiber temperature, blade temperature, and cleaving speed. To determine the optimum cleaving conditions of microstructured polymer optical fibers (mPOFs) with hexagonal hole structures we developed a program for cleaving quality optimization, which reads in a microscope image of the fiber end-facet and determines the core-shift and the statistics of the hole diameter, hole-to-hole pitch, hole ellipticity, and direction of major ellipse axis. For 125μm in diameter mPOFs of the standard polymer PMMA we found the optimum temperatures to be 77.5°C for both blade and fiber. For 280μm in diameter mPOFs of the humidity insensitive polymer TOPAS® (grade 8007) the optimum temperature was 40° for both blade and fiber. A 100μm thick flat-edge blade was found to minimize the core-shift by the cleaving to only 298nm or 5% of the pitch for the PMMA mPOF at the optimal temperature.

AB - We fabricated an electronically controlled polymer optical fiber cleaver, which uses a razor-blade guillotine and provides independent control of fiber temperature, blade temperature, and cleaving speed. To determine the optimum cleaving conditions of microstructured polymer optical fibers (mPOFs) with hexagonal hole structures we developed a program for cleaving quality optimization, which reads in a microscope image of the fiber end-facet and determines the core-shift and the statistics of the hole diameter, hole-to-hole pitch, hole ellipticity, and direction of major ellipse axis. For 125μm in diameter mPOFs of the standard polymer PMMA we found the optimum temperatures to be 77.5°C for both blade and fiber. For 280μm in diameter mPOFs of the humidity insensitive polymer TOPAS® (grade 8007) the optimum temperature was 40° for both blade and fiber. A 100μm thick flat-edge blade was found to minimize the core-shift by the cleaving to only 298nm or 5% of the pitch for the PMMA mPOF at the optimal temperature.

KW - Microstructured polymer optical fibers

KW - TOPAS

KW - Cleaving

KW - PMMA

U2 - 10.1016/j.optcom.2011.12.033

DO - 10.1016/j.optcom.2011.12.033

JO - Optics Communications

JF - Optics Communications

SN - 0030-4018

IS - 7

VL - 285

SP - 1825

EP - 1833

ER -