Images taken using the VFI Cleave Check Interferometer

These images are of a large diameter Polarisation Maintaining fiber taken using a VFI-1200.The images clearly show the cleave initiation point, the stress members and the cracking caused during cleaving because of the stress locked into the fiber. vf20imagelarge01 vf20imagelarge02
These images are of a 105/125 µm fiber, taken using a VFI-200. The cleave initiation point is clearly visible at the bottom of the image, and the interferogram indicates a significant end angle is present on the fiber. The cleave angle estimation feature in the VFI software showed this to be an angle of over 3 °. The inspect mode shows the core/cladding boundary.
These images are of a 125 µm diameter singlemode fiber cleaved using a Photon Kinetics FK-12 angled cleaver set at 8 °. The cleave was inspected using a VFI-200 with an VF-H8 8 ° fiber holder. The interferogram shows the cleave is very close to 8 ° but the end face has the saddle shape which is characteristic of a fiber cleaved using the “tension and torsion” method of angled cleaving.  vf20imagesmall06  vf20imagesmall05
These images are of a 400 µm diameter fiber cleaved using an LDF cleaver. The cleave was inspected using a VFI-200 in the cleaver’s own 400 µm fiber holder.The two cleaves were made on two consecutive days at LASER World of Photonics in Munich, Germany in 2011, one of the industry’s busiest shows. The interferograms were also snapped live during the show which is testament to the stability of the VFI-1200.  vfiimagelarge08  vfiimagelarge07
These images are of a 170 µm diameter multi-core fiber. The core pitches are 48 µm (left image) and 49 µm (right image). The images are reproduced courtesy of NICT (National Institute of Information and Communications Technology ), Tokyo, Japan and the University of Bristol, UK. The images are taken from the following paper : “First Fully-Elastic Multi-granular Network with Space/ Frequency/Time Switching Using Multi-core Fibres and Programmable Optical Nodes,” N. Amaya, M. Irfan, G. Zervas, R. Nejabati, D. Simeonidou, J. Sakaguchi, W. Klaus, B.J. Puttnam, T. Miyazawa, Y. Awa ji, N. Wada, I. Henning, 38th European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC 2012), PostDeadline, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Sept. 2012.  vfiimagesnict02  vfiimagesnict01
These images are of 2 different MTP ferrule end faces. These images were taken in house on the VFI-1200-RS designed specially for imaging ribbon structures. The first picture shows the whole end polished with a slight angle on it with straight fringes covering the length of the ferrule. The second picture shows each individual fiber with a domed polish giving the characteristic circular fringe formation. The translation stage on the front of the VFI-1200-RS can be used to easily scroll along the fibers to check each individual fiber in a ribbon structure.
These images are of a 1mm fiber. The fibers were cleaved using a vytran large diameter cleaver and imaged using the VFI-2000. The 2000µm field of view allows the full 1mm surface to be viewed with a large amount of headroom 1000um inspection
The fiber shown in these images is a 2mm fiber, polished flat using a 3SAE FPS II polishing station. With a 2mm diameter fiber of this flatness, fringes can be resolved over the entire surface of the fiber. Images courtesy of Jose Cochon at Laser Technology SL taken using the VFI-2000.  2mm_100-50g_4step_RR_90min-30_fringe_slu  2mm_100-50g_4step_RR_90min-30_slu


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