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High-Power Fiber Optic Patchcords

Photonics.com
Mar 2006
OZ Optics LimitedRequest Info
 
Oz Optics offers fiber optic patchcords specifically for high-power applications. These patchcords feature special high-power fibers, carefully prepared fiber endfaces and specially designed fiber optic connectors to ensure maximum power handling. High-power patchcords can be made using either multimode, single-mode, polarization-maintaining, double-cladded or photonic crystal (“holey”) fibers. Its high-power connectors feature an air-gap design. The connector design allows users to adjust the distance the ferrule and fiber protrudes from the connector housing. This allows users to precisely position the fiber tip in free space, making it ideal for laser-to-fiber coupling. In addition, a special spring-loading mechanism protects the fiber from damage should it accidently make contact with a solid surface. Mating receptacles allow users to connect high-power patchcords together with low losses, enhancing functionality. In addition, the company said it uses a number of unique methods to finish the end of the fiber to maximize power handling. These include cleaving the fiber instead of polishing, laser treating the fiber endface to strengthen it or adding a glass endcap to the end of the fiber. High-power connectors compatible with SMA 905 and FC receptacles are offered.


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