High-power effects in damaged and contaminated optical fiber connectors

Fátima Domingues, Ana M. Rocha, Paulo S. André

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The optical fibers are key components for the high-capacity telecommunications networks.The characteristics of physical contact optical connectors deteriorate when the fiber connector interface is contaminated or physically damaged, causing fatal failure or the performance degradation. In this work, we study the temperature and power-loss behavior for contaminated and physically damaged optical connectors, under high optical power regime. The results indicate that the connector lifetime when subjected to high propagation powers, depends essentially on its cleanness rather than the surface degradation resulting from the plugging/unplugging operations.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)2485-2488
Number of pages4
JournalMicrowave and Optical Technology Letters
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2011


  • fiber fuse effect
  • high optical power
  • optical fiber connector


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