The Optimum Fusion Splicing Conditions for a Large Mode Area Photonic Crystal Fiber

Byung-Hyuk PARK  Jinchae KIM  Un-Chul PAEK  Byeong Ha LEE  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E88-C   No.5   pp.883-888
Publication Date: 2005/05/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Joint Special Section on Recent Progress in Optoelectronics and Communications)
Category: Optical Fibers, Cables and Fiber Devices
photonic crystal fiber,  fiber splicing,  electric-arc fusion splicer,  optimum fusion parameters,  

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We report the empirically obtained conditions for the fusion splicing with photonic crystal fibers (PCF) having large mode areas. By controlling the arc-power and the arc-time of a conventional electric-arc fusion splicer, the splicing loss between two PCFs could be lowered down to 0.2 dB in average. For the splicing PCF with a conventional single mode fiber (SMF), the loss was increased due to the modal field mismatch, but still below 0.45 dB in average. The tensile strength was weakened by the splicing from 2.83 GPa down to 1.04 GPa for the PCF-PCF case and 0.89 GPa for the PCF-SMF one.