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Fibers 2018, 6(1), 4; doi:10.3390/fib6010004

The Fiber Connection Method Using a Tapered Silica Fiber Tip for Microstructured Polymer Optical Fibers

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INESC TEC and Department of Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of Sciences of University of Porto, Rua do Campo Alegre 687, 4169-007 Porto, Portugal
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Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Fundamental Problems of Technology, Wybrzeze Wyspianskiego 27, 50-370 Wroclaw, Poland
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Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Laboratory of Optical Fibre Technology, Pl. M. Curie-Sklodowskiej 3, 20-031 Lublin, Poland
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Received: 9 October 2017 / Revised: 2 January 2018 / Accepted: 4 January 2018 / Published: 9 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Fabrication of Special Optical Glass and Polymer Fibres)
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Abstract

In this work, an alternative method of coupling light into microstructured polymer fibers is presented. The solution consists in using a fiber taper fabricated with a CO2 laser. The connection is formed by inserting a tapered silica tip into the holes of a microstructured polymer fiber. This alternative method is duly characterized and the feasibility of such fiber connection to enable the polymer fiber as a displacement sensor is also demonstrated. View Full-Text
Keywords: microstructured polymer optical fiber; silica fiber taper; polymer to silica fiber connections; displacement sensor microstructured polymer optical fiber; silica fiber taper; polymer to silica fiber connections; displacement sensor
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Ferreira, M.; Gomes, A.; Kowal, D.; Statkiewicz-Barabach, G.; Mergo, P.; Frazão, O. The Fiber Connection Method Using a Tapered Silica Fiber Tip for Microstructured Polymer Optical Fibers. Fibers 2018, 6, 4.

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