Signi?cant advances in optical ?ber technology have created a need for an up-to-date book about optical ?ber fusion splicing. Over the past 15 years, a variety of new optical ?bers including rare-earth-doped ?ber, dispersi- compensating?ber, dispersion-matched?berpairs, andmicrostructured?ber have been introduced. These ?bers are currently used extensively in both research and commercial applications. Fusion splicing of these ?bers has a signi?cant impact on their performance but the relevant technical infor- tion has hitherto only been accessible by sifting through numerous technical articles published over a span of several decades. This book consolidates this scattered knowledge base into one coherent reference source. This text is intended to serve as a reference for an audience that is both diverse and rapidly growing. This audience includes academic researchers - vestigatingthelatestoptical?bertechnology, designersofcommercialoptical ?ber, ?ber splicing equipment engineers, and product development engineers designingoptical?berdevicesfromcommerciallyavailablecomponents.M- ufacturersofoptical?ber, optical?ber components, optical?ber devices, and optical ?ber splicers all require a sophisticated understanding of optical ?ber fusion splicing. Optical ?ber fusion splicing is a multi-disciplinary topic that combines concepts fromdiverse?eldsincluding opticalwaveguidetheory, heattransfer, materials science, mechanical engineering, reliability theory, ?uid mechanics, and even image processing. This book is unique in that it includes rigorous analyses from all of these very diverse ?elds. Scientists and engineers int- ested in optical ?ber splicing who have a background in one or two of these ?elds will bene't from relevant knowledge in an unfamiliar ?eld.
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This book is an up-to-date treatment of optical fiber fusion splicing incorporating all the recent innovations in the field. It provides a toolbox of general strategies and specific techniques that the reader can apply when optimizing fusion splices between novel fibers. It specifically addresses considerations important for fusion splicing of contemporary specialty fibers including dispersion compensating fiber, erbium-doped gain fiber, polarization maintaining fiber, and microstructured fiber. Finally, it discusses the future of optical fiber fusion splicing including silica and non-silica based optical fibers as well as the trend toward increasing automation. Whilst serving as a self-contained reference work, abundant citations from the technical literature will enable readers to readily locate primary sources.