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Multicore Fiber

  • Simultaneous transmission of different signals down different cores
  • Photosensitive core designs for FBG inscription
  • Custom designs possible - more cores, mismatched cores, different core positions

Typical Applications:

  • Temperature and strain sensors
  • Structural Health Monitoring (SHM)
  • Active Optical Cables (AOC)
  • Space Division Multiplexing (SDM) transmission cables
  • Silicon photonics
  • Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) (non-spun)

    Comparison
    Model SM-4C1500(8.0/125)/001 SM-7C1250(5.2/125) SM-7C1500(6.1/125) SSM-7C1500(6.1/125)
    Operating Wavelength (nm) 1520 - 1650 1310 1520 - 1650 1520 - 1650
    Cut-Off Wavelength (nm) 1300 - 1500 1190 - 1310 1300 - 1500 1300 - 1500
    Numerical Aperture 0.14 - 0.17 0.20 - 0.22 0.20 - 0.22 0.20 - 0.22
    Mode Field Diameter (μm) 7.4 - 8.5 @1550nm 4.8 - 5.6 @1310nm 5.7 - 6.5 @1550nm 5.7 - 6.5 @1550nm
    Proof Test (%) 1 (100 kpsi) 1 (100 kpsi) 1 (100 kpsi) 1 (100 kpsi)
    Cladding Diameter (μm) 124 ± 2 125 ± 1 125 ± 1 125 ± 1
    Core Spacing (μm) 50 (nominal) 35 (nominal) 35 (nominal) 35 (nominal)
    Core Position Shape Square Hexagon plus central core Hexagon plus central core Hexagon plus central core
    Spun
    Coating Diameter (μm) 245 ± 12 245 ± 7 245 ± 10 200 ± 7
    Coating Type Dual Acrylate Dual Acrylate Dual Acrylate Dual Acrylate
    Operating Temperature (°C) -55 to +85 -55 to +85 -55 to +85 -55 to +85
    Product Variants Explained

    SM-4C1500(8.0/125)/001

    Four SM cores within a standard 125µm cladding diameter, designed for use at 1550nm in data cables and shape sensing probes.

    SM-7C1500(6.1/125)

    7 core SM fiber with a 125µm cladding diameter, designed for 1550nm.

    SSM-7C1500(6.1/125)

    Spun 7 core SM fiber with a 125µm cladding diameter, designed for use at 1550nm in 3D shape sensing applications.

    Operating Wavelength (nm) 1520 - 1650
    Cut-Off Wavelength (nm) 1300 - 1500
    Numerical Aperture 0.14 - 0.17
    Mode Field Diameter (μm) 7.4 - 8.5 @1550nm
    Proof Test (%) 1 (100 kpsi)
    Cladding Diameter (μm) 124 ± 2
    Core Spacing (μm) 50 (nominal)
    Core Position Shape Square
    Coating Diameter (μm) 245 ± 12
    Coating Type Dual Acrylate
    Operating Temperature (°C) -55 to +85
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