Mono Fiber-optic Patch Cords

Mono Fiber-optic Patch Cords
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  • The simplest form of the fiber-optic patch cord is a single strand of optical fiber surrounded by a buffer and protective jacket with connectors at both ends.

    The optical fiber core diameter and its numerical aperture (NA) define the coupling efficiency into the fiber.

    The most popular optical fiber core diameters for optogenetics and fiber photometry experiments are those with 200 µm and 400 µm core diameters. As for the numerical aperture of the fiber, smaller 0.22 NA is suitable for laser light sources, while for incoherent light sources, like LEDs, it is recommended to use 0.5 NA and higher all the way from the light source to the sample.


     Comparison Table : Patch cord Optical Fiber Type
     Optical Fiber Type Borosilicate Silica/Silica Silica/Polymer Plastic
     Core Glass Glass Glass Plastic
     Cladding Glass Glass Polymer Polymer
     Numerical Aperture 0.66 0.22 - 0.37 0.48 - 0.57 0.50 - 0.63
     Flexibility Poor Good Good Excellent
     Auto-Fluorescence Good Excellent Good Poor
     RECOMMENDED USE :
     Fiber Photometry N/A
    (too fragile)
    Good* Good* Not recommended
    (high AF)
     Optogenetics LED Source N/A
    (too fragile)
    Not recommended
    (low NA)
    Good BEST
     Optogenetics Laser Source N/A
    (too fragile)
    BEST Good Good

    * For Fiber photometry, we recommend low-autofluorescence optical fiber patch cords.

  • Core/Cladding
    Material
    Core
    Diameter
    (μm)
    Cladding
     (μm)
    Buffer
    (μm)
    NA Fiber-Optic Code*
    Silica/Silica 50 125 250 0.22 50/125/XXX-0.22
    60 65 75 0.37 60/65/XXX-0.37
    62.5 125 250 0.27 62.5/125/XXX-0.27
    100 110 125 0.22 100/110/XXX-0.22
    100 110 125 0.37 100/110/XXX-0.37
    200 220 240 0.22 200/220/XXX-0.22
    200 220 245 0.37 200/220/XXX-0.37
    300 330 370 0.22 300/330/XXX-0.22
    300 330 360 0.37 300/330/XXX-0.37
    400 440 480 0.22 400/440/XXX-0.22
    400 440 470 0.37 400/440/XXX-0.37
    550 600 1040 0.22 550/600/XXX-0.22
    600 660 710 0.22 600/660/XXX-0.22
    600 660 710 0.37 600/660/XXX-0.37
    Silica/Polymer 200 230 500 0.48 200/230/XXX-0.48
    200 230 500 0.57 200/230/XXX-0.57
    300 330 650 0.48 300/330/XXX-0.48
    400 430 730 0.37 400/430/XXX-0.37
    400 430 730 0.48 400/430/XXX-0.48
    400 430 730 0.57 400/430/XXX-0.57
    600 630 1040 0.48 600/630/XXX-0.48
    Plastic/Plastic 240 250 - 0.50 240/250/XXX-0.50
    240 250 - 0.63 240/250/XXX-0.63
    480 500 - 0.50 480/500/XXX-0.50
    480 500 - 0.63 480/500/XXX-0.63
    960 1000 - 0.50 960/1000/XXX-0.50
    960 1000 - 0.63 960/1000/XXX-0.63
    1470 1500 - 0.50 1470/1500/XXX-0.50
    1960 2000 - 0.50 1960/2000/XXX-0.50

    * XXX is representative of the jacket code, see Jackets tab to choose the best one for your needs

  •  Comparison Table : Protective Jacket
     Code Description Color OD
    (mm)
    Linear mass
    (g/m)
    Flexibility Fiber break protection Fiber pull protection Proposed usage
    900 Hytrel loose tube 0.9 Black* 0.9 0.5
    Excellent
    Low
    Low
    Cable to small freely-moving animal (mice)
    1100
    Hytrel loose tube 1.1 mm 
    Black* 0.9 0.5 Excellent
    Low
    Low Cable to small freely-moving animal (mice)
    2000 PVC jacket 2 mm Black 2.0 2.5 Low
    Good Excellent General use cable
    3000 PVC jacket 3 mm Black 3.0 5.8 Low Good Excellent General use cable
    LWMJ Stainless monocoil with PVC 2.4 mm Black 2.4 7.5 Good
    Good
    Good Freely-moving animal light delivery with large mice or rat
    PKMJ
    Stainless monocoil with kevlar and PUR 3.0 mm
    Black 3.0 11 Good
    Excellent
    Excellent Best compromise between flexibility and robustness
    ARMO Stainless armor 2.3 mm Silver 2.3 9.2 Low Excellent Excellent Preferred for maximum robustness
    ARBK Stainless armor with PVC 3 mm Black 3.0 15 Low Excellent Excellent Preferred for maximum robustness

    * Other color available on request.
    Jacket availability may vary with optical fibre type

  • Description Product Termination Code
    FC Connector with Zirconia Ferrule

    FC Connector with Metal Ferrule
    FC

    FCM
    FC/APC Connector with Zirconia Ferrule*
    FCA
    SMA Connector with Metal Ferrule SMA
    Zirconia Ferrule OD 1.25 mm ZF1.25
    Zirconia Ferrule OD = 1.25 mm with Flange

    Zirconia Ferrule OD = 1.25 mm with Peek Flange
    ZF1.25(F)

    ZF1.25(FP)
    Metal Ferrule OD 1.25 mm MF1.25
    Zirconia Ferrule OD = 2.5 mm ZF2.5
    Zirconia Ferrule OD = 2.5 mm with Flange

    Zirconia Ferrule OD = 2.5 mm with Peek Flange
    ZF2.5(F)

    ZF2.5(FP)
    Metal Ferrule OD = 2.5 mm MF2.5
    Slim Magnetic Connector SMC
    M3 Connector CM3
    M3 Connector Peek Plastic CM3(P)
    M2 Connector CM2