What is Fiber Optic Plate (FOP)?
Fiber optic plate (FOP) is a component made of fused coherent fibers. It can precisely transmit image from input surface to output surface.
FOP can be used as Optical Isolator and Filter; it can absorb stray light during transmission and improving the SNR (signal to noise ratio).
FOP can be also used as a substrate of Xray Scintillator. It can absorb the excessive radiation which could do harm to the sensor.
In some other cases, FOP can used as coupler for complex design. for example: extraction image from a curve plane to a flat sensory surface.
Fiber optic plates with different shapes
Advantage of Fiber Optic Plate
With fiber optic plate, you can directly coupling image plane to the sensory surface. With this setup, light efficiency is improved, and save up more spaces for the apparatus. However, it is possible to acheive better image quality with a multiple lens system. But the price will be significantly higher than Fiber Optic Plate. (And also the weight)
The cost of Fiber Optic Plate
The price of fiber optic plate heavily depends on its geometry dimension and fiber(element) configuration.Usually, fiber optic plate under Ø25mm (diagonal) will quite affordable. The price could range from 5-15usd depending on the configuration.
And the price could be further reduced in a large quantity (e.g : 10K pcs)However, when the dimension goes beyond Ø100mm, the price will be increased a lot. (e.g: 1,000 US dollars+)
Getting start with Fiber Optic Plate
We strongly recommend buying some cheapy in-stock FOPs from us. Which can help you understand better about its characteristics.
We recommend below sample for initial test:
– Ø25mm Round Sample (4-6um mono Fiber size)
– 10mm x 10mm Square Sample (4-6um mono Fiber Size)