Plastic optical fiber fuse and its impact on sensing applications

Yosuke Mizuno, Heeyoung Lee, Neisei Hayashi, Kentaro Nakamura, Shin Ichi Todoroki

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We review the unique properties of a so-called optical fiber fuse phenomenon in plastic optical fibers (POFs), including its slow propagation velocity (1-2 orders of magnitude slower than that in silica fibers) and threshold power density (1/180 of the value for silica fibers). We also show that an oscillatory continuous curve instead of periodic voids is formed after the passage of the fuse, and that the bright spot is not a plasma but an optical discharge, the temperature of which is ∼3600 K. We then discuss its impact on distributed Brillouin sensing based on POFs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication25th International Conference on Optical Fiber Sensors
EditorsLibo Yuan, Youngjoo Chung, Wei Jin, Byoungho Lee, John Canning, Kentaro Nakamura
ISBN (Electronic)9781510610910
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event25th International Conference on Optical Fiber Sensors, OFS 2017 - Jeju, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 2017 Apr 242017 Apr 28

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


Conference25th International Conference on Optical Fiber Sensors, OFS 2017
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of


  • Brillouin scattering
  • Distributed measurement
  • Optical fiber fuse
  • Plastic optical fibers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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