Basics of Optical Fiber Measurements

  • Mingjie Ding
  • Desheng Fan
  • Wenyu Wang
  • Yanhua LuoEmail author
  • Gang-Ding PengEmail author
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This chapter is devoted to introducing fundamental properties of optical fibers and related measurement techniques. The basics are firstly introduced to give a clear working principle of an optical fiber as a light waveguide. Then the definitions of the related parameters are described, which include acceptance angle, numerical aperture, refractive index, cut-off wavelength, mode field diameter, spot size etc. For measurement of these parameters, the common optical components, instruments, as well as fiber handling are briefed. Then, the measurement techniques are presented along with the geometry specification of optical fibers. Each of the introduced measurement technique will be provided with a practical example for a better understanding.



Authors are thankful for the support of National Natural Science Foundation of China (61520106014, 61405014 and 61377096), Key Lab of In-fiber Integrated Optics, Ministry Education of China, State Key Laboratory of Information Photonics and Optical Communications (Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications) (IPOC2016ZT07), Key Laboratory of Optical Fiber Sensing & Communications (Education Ministry of China), Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Devices and Systems of Ministry of Education and Guangdong Province (GD201702) and Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality, China (SKLSFO2015-01 and 15220721500).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Photonics and Optical Communications, School of Electrical Engineering and TelecommunicationsUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Devices and Systems of Ministry of Education and Guangdong ProvinceShenzhen UniversityShenzhenChina

Section editors and affiliations

  • Jianzhong Zhang
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceHarbin Engineering UniversityHarbinChina

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