End-face quality and cleanliness

Fiber end-face defects (scratches, pits, cracks) and particle contamination have a direct impact on the performance of the connector, which contributes to poor IL/RL. Any irregularity that impedes light transmission from one fiber to the other will negatively affect...

Refractive index importance

Refractive index is a measure of how light propagates through a material.  The higher the refractive index the slower the light travels, which causes a correspondingly increased change in the direction of the light within the material.  What this means for...

Proper curing temperature profile

QUESTION:  What is the proper curing temperature profile?   ANSWER:   In most cases, cable assembly manufacturers are curing by placing their room-temperature product into pre-heated curing ovens—quite a thermal shock.  Based on our observations, it seems...

Scratches and final film

When scratches appear after using the final film, this typically relates back to earlier operational steps. It’s important to isolate and correct problematic issues throughout the assembly process. At Fiber Optic Center, we developed the ÅngströmLap Final Polish...
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