The Telecommunications Industry Association has published a new standard, fiber optic test procedure (FOTP)-229, Optical Power Handling and Damage Threshold Characterization, TIA-455-229.
The standard is designed to characterize the robustness of an optical fiber passive component or interconnecting device against damage from exposure to optical power.
Specifically, the standard is designed to characterize both the short-term and the long- term robustness of components from damage due to optical power induced degradation or failure mechanisms; provide data necessary to ensure that components are exposed to appropriate optical power levels that will not degrade their performance; and identify components prone to irreversible degradation.
The test procedure described in this document is structured such that, if the full characterization option is performed, the component will be characterized without the need for re-testing future applications change.
TIA-455-229 was created by TIA FO-6.3 Subcommittee on Interconnecting Devices and Passive Components. To obtain copies of the document, contact Global Engineering Documents at (800) 854-7179 or visit
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