FC/B® Connector - FC connector at Brewster Angle

Chalcogenide As2S3 and As2Se3 glass fibers offer a broad transmission range with low propagation loss from 1.5μm to 6.5μm and from 1.5μm to 10μm relatively, with high non-linear coefficient, small and negative index change with temperature (dn/dT), excellent power handling capability, and are chemically stable.

Transmission cables using these fibers can be fabricated with the known terminations such as: SMA, FC/PC and FC/APC. However, due to the high refractive index of chalcogenide glasses (~2.4 for As2S3, and ~2.7 for As2Se3), the fibers experience a large Fresnel reflection (17% and 21%) at the input and output faces.

For cables with SMA or FC/PC termination this reflection at the input could cause undesirable effects on lasers or other optical components.  For applications where this reflection needs to be eliminated isolators must be used.  FC/APC termination with 8° angle at the input face does not alleviate the back reflection problems. However, the above termination will still experience lower power being transmitted because of the power loss due to these reflections.

IRflex’s FC/B® termination allows the input beam to be nearly fully transmitted at the input face, which means in addition to eliminating undesirable back reflections, more power is being coupled into the fiber.