Bandwidth and Transmission Distance Achieved by POF

Yasuhiro KOIKE  Takaaki ISHIGURE  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E82-C   No.8   pp.1553-1561
Publication Date: 1999/08/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: INVITED PAPER (Joint Special Issue on Recent Progress in Optoelectronics and Communications)
Category: Optical Fibers and Cables
graded-index plastic optical fiber,  perfluorinated polymer,  scattering loss,  modal dispersion,  material dispersion,  mode dependent attenuation,  

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Recent status of the polymer optical fiber (POF) for high speed data communication and telecommunication is reviewed. The GI POF was proposed for the first time 20 years ago at Keio University, and several methodologies to fabricate GI POF have been currently proposed worldwide. In this paper, we both theoretically and experimentally verify that the most transparent GI POF can be obtained by the polymer-dopant system. The relation between the refractive index profile and the dispersion characteristics of the GI POF was quantitatively clarified. The refractive index profile of the GI POF obtained by the interfacial-gel polymerization process was controlled to enable to transmit the order of gigabit per second bit rate. Furthermore, the accurate approximation of the refractive index profile and consideration of mode dependent attenuation enabled to precisely predict the dispersion characteristics of the GI POF.