Abstract

A new method for cutting optical fibers is presented. A smooth scratch, without any visible cracks and chipping, is circumferentially made around the complete periphery before the fiber is fractured by simple axial tension. Break angles of 0.5° are easily obtained. Coated-glass fibers and plastic-clad fibers are cut properly for the first time owing to the novel scratching procedure. A compact tool is used to perform the required sequence of operations automatically.

© 1981 Optical Society of America

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