The Design and Experiment Studies of Optical Adapter with Integrated Dust Protection and Shutter Design
Samuel I-En Lin
DOI: 10.4236/opj.2011.14030   PDF    HTML     5,399 Downloads   8,437 Views   Citations


High power lasers (> +21dBm) have gradually become the common solution for signal transmitting systems including regional cable television, Fiber To The Home (FTTH), and gigabit passive optical networks (G- PONs) due to their ability to generate signals that can be transmitted over long distances. However, if protective design is not implemented in the facility at the client side, users may be exposed to health hazards such as eye damage from these high-power lasers. High-power optical adapters with laser shutter use metal masks to prevent eye exposure to direct laser beams. They have progressively replaced conventional optical adapters and entered the market mainstream. Our study uses the Elastic-Plastic theory together with parametric design to investigate the effect of geometry on the initial spring-back angle of a laser shutter. Once the force stabilizes, the angles of the initial spring back are found to be the same as the simulated results for several attempts. In our study, it is observed that factors including the thickness of the metal masking plate, the initial design angle, the stiffness of the material and the boundary conditions have significant influence on the spring back angle. These can be used as references in design control.

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S. Lin, "The Design and Experiment Studies of Optical Adapter with Integrated Dust Protection and Shutter Design," Optics and Photonics Journal, Vol. 1 No. 4, 2011, pp. 189-196. doi: 10.4236/opj.2011.14030.

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