Design of multi-core fiber patch panel for space division multiplexing implementations

Luz E. González, Alvaro Morales, Simon Rommel, Bo F. Jørgensen, N. Porras-Montenegro, Idelfonso Tafur Monroy

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A multi-core fiber (MCF) patch panel was designed, allowing easy coupling of individual signals to and from a 7-core MCF. The device was characterized, measuring insertion loss and cross talk, finding highest insertion loss and lowest crosstalk at 1300 nm with values of 9.7 dB and -36.5 dB respectively, while at 1600 nm insertion loss drops to 4.8 dB and crosstalk increases to -24.1 dB. Two MCF splices between the fan-in module, the MCF, and the fan-out module are included in the characterization, and splicing parameters are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-65
Number of pages9
JournalFiber & Integrated Optics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2018


  • Fiber splicing
  • multi-core fiber


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