Light Interface Technology Improvement Investigation.
Final rept. 1 Feb-30 Sep 71,
IBM FEDERAL SYSTEMS DIV OWEGO N Y ELECTRONICS SYSTEMS CENTER
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The report establishes a baseline model for an optical data link utilizing a single fiber bundle. This model is solely concerned with light interface technology LIT for digital signal transmission. Data link performance is characterized by the pulse amplitude, pulse rise and fall times, pulse delay, and signal-to-noise ratio of the photodiode output. The LIT link has been analyzed as an entirety considering four major areas light emitting diodes, fiber optic light guide, fiber opticdiode interface, and photodiode. Fiber opticdiode interface has been investigated with regard to loss mechanisms of coupling light into and out of fiber bundles. Fiber optic light guides have been surveyed and evaluated. The three major types that have been given consideration are total internal reflection fibers, total internal refraction fibers and waveguide mode fibers. Space division multiplexing investigations considering Lambertian sources were completed for the TIR and SELFOC fiber types. Number of channels possible, optical cross coupling of fibers, and sampling effect are the main topics discussed. Analog properties of a typical link were investigated with respect to distortion. Experiments were completed using various wavelength LEDs and at various temperatures. Author
- Fiber Optics and Integrated Optics
- Non-Radio Communications