Development and Future of Optical Fiber Related Technologies

Shigeru TOMITA  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E100-B   No.9   pp.1688-1695
Publication Date: 2017/09/01
Publicized: 2017/03/22
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.2016PFI0003
Type of Manuscript: INVITED PAPER (Special Issue the Past, Present, and Future of Communications Technologies in the IEICE)
Category: Optical Fiber for Communications
optical fiber,  fusion splicer,  optical fiber connector,  multi-core fiber,  fan-in and fan-out device,  

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The history of optical fiber and optical transmission technologies has been described in many publications. However, the history of other technologies designed to support the physical layer of optical transmission has not been described in much detail. I would like to highlight those technologies in addition to optical fibers. Therefore, this paper describes the history of the development of optical fiber related technologies such as fusion splicers, optical fiber connectors, ribbon fiber, and passive components based on changes in optical fibers and optical fiber cables. Moreover, I describe technologies designed to support multi-core fibers such as fan-in/fan-out devices.