The ideal (minimum-loss) fiber path would have NO connections. Instead, it would be one continuous, straight-through glass fiber from Point A to Point B – with no interruptions. Since fiber networks usually require connectors for modularity, path splits, etc., we need a connection with perfectly aligned, intimate “glass to glass” contact that emulates the continuous fiber and gives us the desired Low IL and High RL.
When this perfectly aligned, intimate “glass to glass” contact is not achieved, reduced IL/RL performance is the result. Briefly, here are some common causes.
- End-face quality and cleanliness
- Misalignment between the 2 cores
- Poor core-to-core contact
READ THE FULL BLOG ARTICLE HERE: What Causes Poor IL/RL?
Do you have a specific issue regarding meeting your desired IL/RL specs?
We’re here to help! Send us your question, and we’ll do our best to provide guidance. FOC is committed to helping you manufacture the best fiber optic cable assemblies possible.
Additional resources from the FOC team include:
- Category Resource FOC Test Page
- Glossary, Acronyms, Military Specifications for Connectors: http://bit.ly/2a2EFn8
- Q&A Resource: email technical questions to AskFOC@focenter.com
Have questions about this FOC Tip?
Contact FOC with questions at: (800) 473-4237 / 508-992-6464 or email: FiberOpticCenter@focenter.com and we will respond ASAP.