Sunday, 20 March 2011

Fusion Splicing Explained

Fusion splicing is the process of using heat to melt two fibre optic ends together. The fibre optic ends are first prepared for splicing by removing the protective coating from each end.  A process called cleaving is then completed which scores and breaks the ends.  The process requires precise treatment by experienced fibre optic engineers who use a microscope to inspect the ends.

Fusion splicing apparatus is used to mount the two fibres with a microscope to help in the placement. Once the fibres are aligned in the splicer they can be fused using carbon dioxide lasers, electric arcs or gas flames.

The most popular method to fuse the ends is using the electric arc technique due to the increased use of new tools.

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Saturday, 12 March 2011

What are Fibre Optics

A fibre optic is a thin, transparent wire that transmits light between two ends for data to flow through.  Used for fibre optic communications that allow for data to be sent over long distances with high bandwidth rates, higher than any other physical medium.

The data is not affected by electromagnetic interference that is often the case with wireless technology.

there are two types of fibre optic medium, multi mode and single mode

Mulit Mode Fibre Optics or MMF support propagation paths or transverse mode.

To join fibre optics together is far more complex than electrical wire or cable, professional fibre slicers are used to fuse the fibres together using heat

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