Simple room temperature method for polymer optical fibre cleaving

David Sáez-Rodriguez, Kristian Nielsen, Ole Bang, David John Webb

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In this paper, we report on a new method to cleave polymer optical fibre. The most common way to cut a polymer optical fibre is chopping it with a razor blade; however, in this approach both the fibre and the blade must be preheated in order to turn the material ductile, and thus, prevent crazing. In this paper, we make use of the temperature-time equivalence in polymers to replace the use of heating by an increase of the cleaving time and use a sawing motion to reduce fibre end face damage. In this way, the polymer fibre can be cleaved at room temperature in seconds with the resulting end face being of similar quality to those produced by more complex and expensive heated systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4712-4716
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Lightwave Technology
Issue number23
Early online date23 Sept 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding: Marie Curie Intra European Fellowship included in EU FP7 (project PIEF-GA-2011-302919); and EU FP7 under the COST action TD1001.


  • POF
  • POF for sensing and telecommunications
  • POF handling
  • polymer optical cleaver
  • polymer Optical fibre


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