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High-precision characterization of single-mode optical fiber arrays

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3 Author(s)
Bernussi, A.A. ; Nano Tech Center, Texas Tech Univ., Lubbock, TX, USA ; de Peralta, L.G. ; Temkin, H.

A precise method of measuring core center dispersion in single-mode fiber arrays is presented. This approach dispenses with the use of high-precision linear translation stages and is based on a direct comparison of the fiber core center position to a simple lithographically patterned template. Combining image recognition and efficient processing algorithm, the fiber-core center positions of fiber arrays can be determined with precision of order of 0.1 μm, in both longitudinal and transversal directions. Complementary information about the position of fibers within v-grooves as well as bending of multifiber arrays can be also obtained.

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Lightwave Technology, Journal of  (Volume:21 ,  Issue: 6 )