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Fabrication and Characterization of Customer-Made 1x3 POF-Based Optical Coupler for Home Networking


Mohammad Syuhaimi Ab-Rahman, Hadi Guna, Mohd Hazwan Harun, Mohd Saiful Dzulkefly Zan, Kasmiran Jumari


Vol. 8  No. 12  pp. 43-48


Polymer Optical Fiber (POF) can be and are being used in various field of application, especially for short haul communication application due to the high-speed data transmission, reach up to 100 meter distance data communication and of course have higher bandwidth. Hence, POF here can be seen as one of the best solution for home networking application. Customer-made multimode optical 1x3 fused-taper-twisted POF couplers have been fabricated by a perform technique. There several systems available on the market, which can be split or combine some optical signals to be transmitted into some different channels, which are all afflicted with certain disadvantages. But all these solutions have one main disadvantage; they are all too expensive for most of the applications mentioned above. So the goal of this study is to develop an economical coupler for home networking application over POF. Characterization of the coupler was reported. Red LED with a 650 nm wavelength has been injected into the coupler for the purpose of characterization testing to analyze the level of power efficiency of the coupler. Final analysis shows that efficiency of coupler output able to reach up to 30%. The device performance can be improved gradually through experience and practice. Main point here is the fabrication process is simple, easy and suitable to be used for household.


Polymer Optical Fiber, Plastic Optical Fiber, POF, Home-networking, Optical coupler