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In Situ Interferometric Monitoring of Fiber Insertion in Fiber Connector Components

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6 Author(s)
Van Erps, J. ; Dept. of Appl. Phys. & Photonics (TONA-FirW), Vrije Univ. Brussel, Brussels, Belgium ; Pakula, A. ; Tomczewski, S. ; Salbut, L.
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We present an interferometric setup for in situ monitoring of fiber tip positions when inserting optical fibers for fixation in fiber connector components. It ensures an accurate fiber tip position at the fiber connector's front facet and across the fiber array in cases where postinsertion polishing is not possible. We demonstrate our technique by populating a plastic fiber connector for optical interconnect applications, and compare the fiber tip position measured in situ using our setup with the position measured off-line using a commercial white light interferometer, showing a deviation smaller than 5%.

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Photonics Technology Letters, IEEE  (Volume:22 ,  Issue: 1 )