Simple Room Temperature Method for Polymer Optical Fibre Cleaving

David Saez-Rodriguez, Kristian Nielsen, Ole Bang, David John Webb

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Abstract

In this paper, we report on a new method to cleave polymer optical fibre. The most common way to cut a polymer optical fibre is chopping it with a razor blade; however, in this approach both the fibre and the blade must be preheated in order to turn the material ductile, and thus, prevent crazing. In this paper, we make use of the temperature-time equivalence in polymers to replace the use of heating by an increase of the cleaving time and use a sawing motion to reduce fibre end face damage. In this way, the polymer fibre can be cleaved at room temperature in seconds with the resulting end face being of similar quality to those produced by more complex and expensive heated systems.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Lightwave Technology
Volume33
Issue number23
Pages (from-to)4712-4716
Number of pages5
ISSN0733-8724
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • optical fibre fabrication
  • optical fibre testing
  • optical polymers
  • Communication, Networking and Broadcast Technologies
  • Photonics and Electrooptics
  • temperature 2.93E+02 2.98E+02 K
  • Blades
  • Optical fiber sensors
  • Optical fibers
  • POF
  • POF for sensing and telecommunications
  • POF handling
  • polymer optical cleaver
  • Polymer Optical fibre
  • Polymer optical fibre (POF)
  • polymer optical fibre cleaving
  • Polymers
  • razor blade
  • room temperature method
  • Sawing
  • sawing motion
  • Stress
  • temperature 293 K to 298 K
  • temperature-time equivalence

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