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Fusion mass-splices for optical fibers using high-frequency discharge

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2 Author(s)
Tachikura, M. ; Ibarki Electrical Communication Laboratory, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation, Tokai, Ibaraki-ken, Japan ; Kashima, N.

This report describes a high-frequency discharge massheating technique and a fiber aligning mechanism for fusion mass-splicing of silica fibers, and a reinforcement technique for the spliced fibers. Splice loss, operation time, and loss stability of reinforced mass-splices were evaluated by using fiber ribbon units comprising five graded-index fibers with 50-μm core and 125-μm outer diameters. They proved the excellence of the method.

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Lightwave Technology, Journal of  (Volume:2 ,  Issue: 1 )