Passive and Portable Polymer Optical Fiber Cleaver

D. Saez-Rodriguez, R. Min, B. Ortega, Kristian Nielsen, David J Webb

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Polymer optical fiber (POF) is a growing technology in short distance telecommunication due to its flexibility, easy connectorization, and lower cost than the mostly deployed silica optical fiber technology. Microstructured POFs (mPOFs) have particular promising potential applications in the sensors and telecommunications field, and they could specially help to reduce losses in polymer fibers by using hollow-core fibers or reduce the modal dispersion by providing a large mode area endlessly single-mode. However, mPOFs are intrinsically more difficult to cut due to the cladding hole structure and it becomes necessary to have a high quality POF cleaver. In the well-known hot-blade cutting process, fiber and blade are heated, which requires electrical components and increases cost. A new method has recently been identified, allowing POF to be cut without the need for heating the blade and fiber, thus opening up the possibility of an electrically passive cleaver. In this letter, we describe the implementation and testing of a high quality cleaver based on a mechanical system formed by a constant force spring and a damper, which leads to the first reported electrical passive and portable cleaver.
Original languageEnglish
JournalI E E E Photonics Technology Letters
Issue number24
Pages (from-to)2834-2837
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Optical fibers
  • polymer optical fiber
  • polymer optical cleaver
  • POF
  • mPOF
  • optical polymers
  • optical fibre cladding
  • optical fibre testing
  • electrical components
  • passive polymer optical fiber cleaver
  • portable polymer optical fiber cleaver
  • short distance telecommunication
  • silica optical fiber technology
  • microstructured POF
  • optical loss reduction
  • hollow-core fibers
  • modal dispersion reduction
  • single-mode fibers
  • hot-blade cutting process
  • Blades
  • Optical fiber dispersion
  • Optical fiber devices
  • Optical fiber cables
  • Optical fiber networks
  • Optical fibre fabrication, cladding, splicing, joining
  • Optical fibre testing and measurement of fibre parameters
  • Optical polymers and other organic optical materials
  • Fibre optics
  • Optical materials

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Saez-Rodriguez, D., Min, R., Ortega, B., Nielsen, K., & Webb, D. J. (2016). Passive and Portable Polymer Optical Fiber Cleaver. I E E E Photonics Technology Letters, 28(24), 2834-2837.