Optical I/O connectors employing Ball-Point pen type optical collimator lenses suitable for plastic optical fiber communications

T. Torikai, T. Yamauchi, S. Aihara, S. Mine, N. Moriya, A. Mitsui, H. Suzuki, Y. Watanabe, T. Toma, Y. Koike

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Abstract

We have developed an optical I/O connector embedded using optical collimator lenses fabricated with well-defined and proven ball-point pen technology. The collimator lens consists of a glass-ball lens and a plastic optical fiber (POF) in a ball-point pen type metal sleeve. The POF is point-crimped in the sleeve without any adhesives. This enables a reliable fiber assembly without any damage to the POF, because the sensitive fiber end-facet is protected by the surrounding glass-ball and metal sleeve. The coupling loss is as low as 3dB, including Fresnel losses between engaged plug and receptacle collimator lenses. This optical I/O connection scheme has encouraged us to promote the POF as a cost-effective interconnection medium into the consumer electronics market.

Original languageEnglish
Pages227-231
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Dec 1
Event21st International Conference on Plastic Optical Fibers, POF 2012 - Atlanta, GA, United States
Duration: 2012 Sep 102012 Sep 12

Other

Other21st International Conference on Plastic Optical Fibers, POF 2012
CountryUnited States
CityAtlanta, GA
Period12/9/1012/9/12

Keywords

  • Ball-Point pen
  • Collimator lens
  • I/O connector
  • Optical interconnection
  • Plastic optical fiber

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics

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    Torikai, T., Yamauchi, T., Aihara, S., Mine, S., Moriya, N., Mitsui, A., Suzuki, H., Watanabe, Y., Toma, T., & Koike, Y. (2012). Optical I/O connectors employing Ball-Point pen type optical collimator lenses suitable for plastic optical fiber communications. 227-231. Paper presented at 21st International Conference on Plastic Optical Fibers, POF 2012, Atlanta, GA, United States.