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MT-compatible interface between peripheral fiber ribbons and printed circuit board-integrated optical waveguides

Publication date 2009
B-Phot Authors Jurgen Van Erps, Michael Vervaeke, Hugo Thienpont
DOI 10.1117/12.805405
Citation
J. Van Erps et al., “MT-compatible interface between peripheral fiber ribbons and printed circuit board-integrated optical waveguides,” in Proc. SPIE, PHOTONICS PACKAGING, INTEGRATION, AND INTERCONNECTS IX, 2009, vol. 7221, p. 72210C.
Abstract We present a peripheral fiber connector to seamlessly interface optical fiber ribbons with polymer optical waveguides integrated on a Printed Circuit Board (PCB). Laser ablation was used to fabricate the optical board, featuring alignment features which enable an accurate positioning of an alignment plate carrying MT-compatible guide pins. These allow for a high-precision in-line mating of commercial MT ferrules with the board-integrated waveguides. The alignment plate is fabricated through deep proton writing (DPW) and is mounted on the PCB by means of steel micro-balls, and is compatible with mass replication technologies.
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