Stress distribution in optical-fiber ribbons

Andrea Galtarossa, Carlo G. Someda, Andrea Tommasini, Bernhard A. Schrefler, Giorgio Zavarise, Marco Schiano

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Previous results indicate that fibers in ribbons are sometimes affected by systematic birefringence superimposed on the random one, their relative weights depending on fiber position in the ribbon. We report new theoretical and experimental results on stress distribution in ribbons, which is shown to depend on thermal and mechanical properties of the common coating. Numerical simulations are based on the theory of elasticity and the finite-element method (FEM). Polarization dispersion measurements vs. temperature match very well with numerical results, and indicate that central fibers in the ribbon exhibit significantly larger birefringence than lateral ones.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)354-356
Number of pages3
JournalIEEE Photonics Technology Letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1997


  • Optical cables
  • Polarization mode dispersion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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