Low cost 1 × 2 acrylic-based plastic optical fiber coupler with hollow taper waveguide

Abang Annuar Ehsan, Sahbudin Shaari, Mohd Kamil Abd Rahman

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Abstract

A 1 × 2 Plastic optical fiber (POF) Y-coupler has been designed and fabricated using a simple acrylic (PMMA) mold insert. The device is composed of three segments: an input POF fiber, an intermediate hollow taper waveguide and output POF fibers. The acrylic mold insert has been fabricated using EGX-400 desktop engraver machine with a spindle speed of 15Krpm and feed rate of 5 mm/sec. The engraved regions which is a form of U-groove allows 1mm core step index PMMA POF fibers to be slotted into the mold insert. The short POF fibers at the input and output ends are slotted inside the mold insert before the interfaces of the taper waveguide. A top acrylic plate is then placed on top of the fabricated device and sealed. The final device has been tested for both splitter and combiner operations for an effective power of 1mW. The device has an insertion loss of 10.48 dB. In the splitter operation, the device has a splitting ratio of 52: 48. In the combiner operation, the combined power is 11:15 dB for input power of -11:90 dB and -12:05 dB.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProgress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium
PublisherElectromagnetics Academy
Pages1052-1055
Number of pages4
Volume2
ISBN (Print)9781618390554
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventProgress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium 2009, PIERS 2009 Beijing - Beijing
Duration: 23 Mar 200927 Mar 2009

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OtherProgress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium 2009, PIERS 2009 Beijing
CityBeijing
Period23/3/0927/3/09

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Plastic optical fibers
Acrylics
Waveguides
Die casting inserts
Fibers
Costs
Polymethyl Methacrylate
Insertion losses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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Ehsan, A. A., Shaari, S., & Rahman, M. K. A. (2009). Low cost 1 × 2 acrylic-based plastic optical fiber coupler with hollow taper waveguide. In Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium (Vol. 2, pp. 1052-1055). Electromagnetics Academy.

Low cost 1 × 2 acrylic-based plastic optical fiber coupler with hollow taper waveguide. / Ehsan, Abang Annuar; Shaari, Sahbudin; Rahman, Mohd Kamil Abd.

Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium. Vol. 2 Electromagnetics Academy, 2009. p. 1052-1055.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Ehsan, AA, Shaari, S & Rahman, MKA 2009, Low cost 1 × 2 acrylic-based plastic optical fiber coupler with hollow taper waveguide. in Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium. vol. 2, Electromagnetics Academy, pp. 1052-1055, Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium 2009, PIERS 2009 Beijing, Beijing, 23/3/09.
Ehsan AA, Shaari S, Rahman MKA. Low cost 1 × 2 acrylic-based plastic optical fiber coupler with hollow taper waveguide. In Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium. Vol. 2. Electromagnetics Academy. 2009. p. 1052-1055
Ehsan, Abang Annuar ; Shaari, Sahbudin ; Rahman, Mohd Kamil Abd. / Low cost 1 × 2 acrylic-based plastic optical fiber coupler with hollow taper waveguide. Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium. Vol. 2 Electromagnetics Academy, 2009. pp. 1052-1055
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