Wavelength Division Multiplexing Network over Polymer Optical Fiber using Fabricated Couplers for Informatics Communications

The implementation of three channels wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) network using a low cost and all POF components are developed. A low cost and high performance of 1x3 POF fused coupler/splitter using POF polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) is
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     Available online  Procedia Technology 8C (2013) 1164  – © 2013 Malik Published by Elsevier B.V.Selection and peer-review under responsibility of the Faculty of Information Science & Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. The 4th International Conference on Electrical Engineering and Informatics (ICEEI 2013)   Wavelength Division Multiplexing Network over Polymer OpticalFiber using Fabricated Couplers for Informatics Communications   Malik Sulaiman a, b *, Norhana Arsad a , Harry Ramza a , Mohd Hazwan Harun a ,Hadi Guna a , Farshad Nasimi a , Mohammad Syuhaimi Ab-Rahman a   a SPECTECH Research Group, Department of Electrical, Electronic & Systems Engineering Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment,Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia,43600 UKM Bangi Selangor, Malaysia b  Engineering Department, Royal Malaysian Navy Headquarters, Ministry of Defence, Jalan Padang Tembak, 50634 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Abstract The implementation of three channels wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) network using a low cost and all POFcomponents are developed. A low cost and high performance of 1x3 POF fused coupler/splitter using POF polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) is fabricated as the multiplexer/de-multiplexer. Three visible LED light source transmitters; 470 nm, 520nm and 650 nm are utilized in sending three data inputs; the CCTV and DVD video and audio signal. The optical lights aremultiplexed into a single POF link and de-multiplexed back at the receiver end. The unwanted wavelengths are performed usingthin color film filter before the receivers. With link margin 5 dB, the maximum POF link length is 25 meters which is suitablefor informatics, infotainments, triple play in the field of last miles communications .   © 2013 Malik Published by Elsevier B.V.Selection and peer-review under responsibility of the Faculty of Information Science & Technology, Universiti KebangsaanMalaysia.  Keywords : Wavelength division multiplexing; polymer optical communication; fused coupler; last mile opticalcommunications; 1. Introduction Technology advances has exploded the development of POF as an alternative mediums for data and informaticscommunications such as computer applications, security and surveillance systems, automobile networks, industrialautomations and residential networks and infotainments. These is due to an increasing demand for high-rate * Corresponding author. Tel.: +603-89216837; fax: +603-89216146.  E-mail address:  Malik Procedia Technology 8C (2013) 1164  –  1170 1165   communication in the cons umer’s premises and office areas to provide services like fast internet access, compressed digital video based service (MPEG) and infotainment. The transmission media used at present are notsuitable for provisioning high-  bandwidth services at low cost. For instance, today’s wiring in local area networks and home entertainments applications is based mainly on copper cables (twisted-pair or coaxial) and glass fiber GOF. Copper based technologies suffer strong susceptibility to electromagnetic interferences and have a limitedcapacity for digital transmission. Conventional silica based fibers are costly solution because they requires preciseconnecting and dedicated installation and handling. In order to increase the capacity of transmission and allow bidirectional communication over one strand fiber, wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) in POF technologyis used. This technique multiplexed multiple optical carrier signals on a single optical fiber using differentwavelength (colors) of the light source to encode different signals.POFs are low cost, easy connection and high numerical aperture compared to glass fiber [1]. POF with PMMAresin core and fluorinated polymer    cladding materials has a lower refractive index and a large diameter of 1 mmwith a drawback of high attenuation due to high mode dispersion. POF is more efficiently used for short distancelast mile data communication up to 200 m.Figure 1 (a) shows the structure and its size compared to glass fiber. The attenuation behavior of POF in thevisible light ranges 400 nm to 700 nm taken from data sheet of Eska Mitsubishi Rayon for PMMA step index POF product is translated in Figure 1 (b). Visible LED light source is a better choice for its high reliability, lesstemperature dependency, simple drive circuitry (no threshold) and low cost [2]. This light source consumes low power and support the green technology. Fig. 1. The characteristics of PMMA-POF. (a) The structure and size compare to glass fiber; (b) The attenuation at various visible lightwavelength spectrums. POF is also easy to handle and simpler to design a connector compared to glass fiber. Furthermore, POF is alsoeasy to be used for fabricating passive devices such as coupler and splitter. The fabricated coupler and splitter arealso used to multiplex and de-multiplex optic light to realize the wavelength division multiplexing (WDM)network [3]. 2. Fabrication of Fused Coupler Basic requirement in realizing a WDM-POF network is by using all POF passive components includestransmitter, POF cable link, connectors, multiplexers, de-multiplexers and receiver. The multiplexers and de-multiplexers are made using self-fabricated couplers with fused tapered technique with a PMMA POF cable cord n cladding = 1.42 n core = 1.49 JacketCladdingCore Diameter core 1 mm Visible light spectrumInfrared spectrumWavelength [nm]    T   r   a   n   s   m    i   s   s    i   o   n   a   t   t   e   n  u   a   t    i   o   n    [    d   B    /   m    ] BH 4001: Heat resistance gradeGH 4001: Industrial gradeSH 4001: Commercial grade  b   a  1166 Malik Procedia Technology 8C (2013) 1164  –  1170   as the main materials [4].The step-by-step fabrication process for the 1x3 fused tapered coupler are as follows; first, three bared POFcords of 23 cm each are arranged closely to form a bundle and inserted into a metal tube. The POF fiber bundle isindirectly fused by uniformly heating up the metal tube along the length using hot air gun blower. When thetemperature inside the metal tube approaches the thermal deformation of the PMMA (at about 90 0 C), the POF bundle is repeatedly twisted and fractionally pulled. The twisting and pulling procedure is performed continuouslyuntil several turns are formed to produce about 1 cm length of twisted spiral at the center of the POF fiber bundle.When the POF fiber reaches its melting point, the fiber bundle is pulled stronger without any twist until thediameter of the fused tapered area decreases to ~ 1 mm. The length of the tapered fused area is limited toapproximately 2 cm. At the end of the process, the center of the fused taper bundle splitter is cut using a POF hotknife cutter. Then, the single input is inserted into a 1 mm DNP connector and three output ports are inserted intothe POF connection locking in the coupler casing. Figure 2(a) shows the fabricated coupler is placed inside thecasing and Figure 2(b) shows the final product of the 1x3 fused tapered coupler fabricated using the PMMA POF. Fig. 2. The arrangement of fabricated POF fused tapered coupler casing. (a) 3x1 coupler placed inside the casing,;(b) Final product 3x1 coupler. 3. Couplers Performance and Analysis The performance of the fused tapered couplers is evaluated in terms of insertion loss, excess loss, cross-talk andsplitting ratio. Insertion loss (L i ) is the ratio of the optical power launched at the input port of the coupler to theoptical power from any single output port, expressed in dB. The insertion loss for output port n is expressed as,L i (dB) = 10 Log (P out   n / P in ) (1)The power output is measured between input port and all outputs port using optical power meter for all 10couplers fabricated to investigate the insertion loss. Figure 3 shows the measured insertion loss. The averageinsertion loss is measured 6.6 dB representing the average of 6.4 dB, 7.5 dB and 5.9 dB power measurement for  port 1, 2 and 3 respectively. Coupler    Fig. 3. Insertion loss measured in random among 10 fused couplers fabricated. a b  Malik Procedia Technology 8C (2013) 1164  –  1170 1167   Excess loss (L e ) is the ratio of the optical power launched at the input port of the coupler to the total optical power measured from all output ports, expressed in dB. It is defined as the ratio of power input to power outputand is given by,L e (dB) = 10 log (P out /P in ) (2)Where, P out = P 1 + P 2 + P 3 (3)   And P in is power input, P out is power output total, P 1 is power of port 1, P 2 is power of port 2 and P 3 is power at port3.The excess loss for the 10 coupler fabricated is plotted in Figure 4. The average access loss is measuredacceptably 1.8 dB. Fig. 4. Excess loss measurement for 10 numbers of fused couplers fabricated. The splitting ratio measurement is performed by measuring the output power at each output terminals. Thesplitting ratio of fabricated 1x3 couplers is measured at average of 1/3 ratio, substantiate that this coupler is a goodoptical power combiner/splitter. Due to the perfection of the twisting and fusing effect during the fabrication, thesplitting ratio is varies unevenly as expected. Figure 5 shows the measured percentages of the splitting ratio of thefabricated couplers. From this result, we now can choose the required coupler to suit the best multiplexer and de-multiplexer that suitable for specific transmitter based of its output power. Fig. 5. Splitting ratio measured among 10 fabricated fused couplers . 1.8 dBCoupler   1168 Malik Procedia Technology 8C (2013) 1164  –  1170   In realizing an all WDM-POF network technology, the components used in the network are fabricated usingPMMA materials and the light sources are LEDs. WDM-POF is a technology where a multiple LED visible opticalsignals are multiplexed into a single POF link using a multiplexer in this case, the fabricated low cost fusedcoupler. This technique is also enables bidirectional communications over one POF possible, thus willtremendously multiply the link bandwidth capacity.Figure 6 shows the illustrative diagram of the three channels WDM-POF network used in this experiment set-up. In this experiment, we utilize analog transmissions over POF from two devices, the DVD player and theCCTV camera. The devices input electrical signals are modulated and converted into specific colored LED lightsignals in the transmitters. The DVD video signals is converted into red light signals transmitting at wavelength650 nm and the CCTV signals are converted into blue light signals transmitting at 470 nm and green light signalstransmitting at 520 nm. VideoCCTVWDM optical wavelength λ  1+ λ  2+ λ  3CCTV Wavelength filter placed before the receiver        M      U      X TX 1 λ  = 650nm POF link  TX 2 λ  =470nm TX 3 λ  =520nmDisplayRX 1 λ  =650nmRX 2 λ  =470nmRX 3 λ  =520nm       D      E   -      M      U      X De-multiplexer and receiver Multiplexer and transmitter Input Signals Fig.6. Basic set-up for 3 channel WDM-POF network.  Figure 7 shows the laboratory experimental layout where three inputs from two CCTVs and one DVD signalsare multiplexed into a 25 meters POF link using three wavelength transmitter experimental module.   Quad multi-displayshowing three outputsThree wavelengthstransmitter moduleFabricated fused coupler as a multiplexer and de-multiplexer 25 meters POF link    Fig.7. Experimental layout set-up for WDM-POF three channel visible light spectrum blue 470 nm, green 520 nm and red 650 nm. The other important process in realizing WDM-POF network is de-multiplexing the multiplexed light signals.Among the technique used is prism-spectrometer. The optical phase array technique is still under development andnot widely available in the market. In this paper we use a simple thin film color filter technique using Roscoluxcolor filter that available in the market [5]. By choosing a correct filter based on the spectral energy distributioncurve provided by the manufacturer, we measure the output light spectrum and the output power after the lightfiltration. The aim is to remove unwanted light spectrum that carry optical signals in order to prevent crosstalk atthe receiver. We used #385 royal blue filter film for blue 470 nm wavelength, #389 chroma green for green 520 nmwavelength and #19 fire red for red 660 nm wavelength spectrum. The thin film is firmly attached at the receiver connector without gluing with epoxy-resin, thus reducing the optical power loss in the connector. The wavelengthspectrum is sampled after the filter and the result are shown in Figure 8 measured using Ocean OpticsSpectrometer. Figure 8 (a) shows output of WDM optical lights spectrum from the multiplexer. The intensity count
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