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1550nm 1G fiber optic transceiver

Why do We Need a Fiber Optic Attenuator?

The reason is too much light can overload a fiber optic receiver. Optical fiber attenuators are needed when a transmitter delivers too much light, such as when a transmitter is very close to the receiver.

Attenuators usually work by absorbing the sunshine, such as a neutral density thin film filter, or by scattering the sunshine such as an air gap. They should not reflect the light since that could cause unwanted back reflection within the fiber system. Another type of attenuator utilizes a length of high-loss optical fiber, that operates upon its input optical signal power level in such a way that it is output signal power level is less than the input level. The power reductions are done by such means as absorption, reflection, diffusion, scattering, deflection, diffraction, and dispersion, etc.

And, What’s the Most Important Feature Should a Fiber Attenuator Have?

The most crucial spec of an attenuator is its attenuation versus wavelength curve. Attenuators should have the same impact on all wavelengths used in the fiber system or at least as flat as possible. For instance, a 3dB attenuator at 1500nm should also lessen the concentration of light at 1550nm by 3dB or as close as possible, this is also true inside a WDM (Wavelength Division Multiplexing) system.

Variable Attenuator Operation wavelength:1310/1550
Attenuation value:3,5,7,10,15,20DB
Max Optical Input power: 200mW
Max PDL:0.2DB
Return loss: UPC>55dB,APC>60dB
Bulkhead Attenuator Suitable for 850nm or 1310 or 1550nm
PC, UPC and APC available
Wide attenuation range
Precision ceramic ferrule
FC(Square), SC(Flange), ST(Thread)
Plastic or metal housing material
Handheld Attenuator Wavelength Range: 1260~1650nm
Applicable Fiber: 9/125um SM
Connector: FC/PC
Calibration Wavelength: 1310/1490/1550/1625nm
Attenuation Range: 2.5~60dB
Resolution: 0.05dB
Min Insertion Loss: <2.5dB
Repeatability: ± 0.2 dB
Plug-type Attenuator Low back reflection and Low PDL
PC, UPC and APC available
Wide attenuation range
Precision ceramic ferrule
FC, SC, ST, LC…. Optional
Plastic or metal housing material
Inline Attenuators FC/APC inline variable attenuator 1-60DB