Arden Photonics has the FGC-GA, an automated instrument for measuring the geometry and fiber alignment of multifiber V-groove arrays. The system measures the X and Y offset as well as the core-core pitch of optical fibers over a 15-mm range via transmitted light. Image stitching is then used to provide a full image of each core.
The image enables technicians to evaluate the full width of the array. The FGC-GA also can use reflected light in its darkfield illumination system to evaluate the quality of the V-groove blocks prior to fixing the fibers in place. The system features customizable templates to measure a wide range of fiber configurations, Arden says. The system supports a 1200-um field to enable imaging of several cores simultaneously.
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