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90° Light Beam Deflection Technology for Single-Mode Optical Interconnection Systems

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3 Author(s)
Morimoto, M. ; Furakawa Electr. Co. Ltd., Chiba ; Sugizaki, R. ; Suematsu, K.

In this letter, we demonstrate an extremely low loss (<0.06 dB) 1-mm bending radius 90deg light deflection by using a 12-single-mode-fiber ribbon for optical interconnection systems. This technology is easy to be adopted for optical surface mount assemblies that need light beam deflection between the vertical surface-emitting lasers or surface-receiving photodiodes and optical paths parallel to an electric circuit board. We have chosen single-mode fiber (SMF) for the 90deg-bent fiber expecting the single-mode transmission will be applied for high-performance optical interconnection systems because of its wide bandwidth and stability in transmission characteristics. In order to minimize the bending loss and accomplish a small bending radius, we have developed a new optical fiber having higher refractive index of the core (high delta n fiber) than that of conventional fiber and 80-mum-cladding 125-mum spacing 12-fiber ribbon for dense packaging and easy handling in narrow spaces. It is bent at a radius of 1 mm by heating process with a ceramic heater.

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Photonics Technology Letters, IEEE  (Volume:19 ,  Issue: 23 )