Portable polymer optical fibre cleaver

D. Sáez-Rodríguez*, R. Min, B. Ortega, K. Nielsen, O. Bang, D. J. Webb

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Polymer optical fibre (POF) is a growing technology in short distance telecommunication due to its flexibility, easy connectorization, and lower cost than the mostly deployed silica optical fibre (SOF) technology. Microstructured POFs (mPOFs) have particular promising potential applications in the sensors and telecommunications field, they could specially help to reduce losses in polymer fibres by using hollow-core fibres. However, mPOFs are intrinsically more difficult to cut due to the cladding hole structure and it becomes necessary to have a high quality polymer optical cleaver. In the well-known hot-blade cutting process, fibre and blade are heated, which requires electrical components and increases cost. A new method has recently been published to cut POF without the need for heating the blade/fibre, therefore electronically devices are not required if it is used a proper mechanical system. In this paper, we present a passive and portable polymer optical cleaver implemented with a mechanical system formed by a constant force spring and a damper.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 25th International Conference on Plastic Optical Fibres, Conference Proceedings
EditorsPatricia Scully, Kate Sugden, David J. Webb
PublisherUniversity of Aston in Birmingham
Publication date1 Jan 2017
ISBN (Electronic)9781854494085
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
Event25th International Conference on Plastic Optical Fibres - Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 13 Sep 201615 Sep 2016
Conference number: 25


Conference25th International Conference on Plastic Optical Fibres
Location Aston University
CountryUnited Kingdom
SponsorAston University
SeriesPOF 2016 - 25th International Conference on Plastic Optical Fibres, Conference Proceedings


  • Cleaver
  • MPOF
  • POF
  • Polymer optical cleaver
  • Polymer optical fiber

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