How does dust contamination negatively impact a mated connector pair and where does it come from?
Dust is the most common contaminate that negatively impacts optical connectors. The dust particulates that are in the contact of a mated connector pair interferes with the signal path. Smaller particles in contact will obstruct signal path which creates a loss. Larger particles of dust may interfere with the mating process.
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- Find More Information in this Blog: The art of cleaning: Follow these specific cleaning techniques during fiber optic cable assembly manufacturing and installation
Answered by AskFOC Technical Team WITH the Sticklers MicroCare Corporation Team April 12, 2017
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