Optical fibers have been used for many years in communications but never as a powering system. This project aimed to design and test a system that could power electronic systems through optical fibers with the use of photons. Resulting from background material and experimentation a real world application needed to be designed.
Due to the lack of literature on this project as a whole system, each section of the design needed to be investigated separately to produce the final product. The sections needed to produce the whole project were the light source, coupling from the light source to the fiber and coupling from the light source to the photon to electrical power converter. Through investigation of each of these sections the most efficient initial design was developed theoretically.
Some of the parts used for the initial designed were not available for use in experimentation. Due to this other available parts had to be used. Experimentation results allowed the system to develop more efficiency and lead to the final design. This design proved to be quite efficient with exception of the lens (coupling agent from laser to fiber). This meant that to improve the efficiency of the whole system, just the coupling needed to be improved.
After significant amounts of research and design had been conducted the application of this project was chosen. This application chosen was to design a recharging system for a pacemaker. Though a large amount of the design could be created from literature available the final design was not created until the optimal design from experimentation was finalized. The final application design used the final experimental design to achieve an optimal system for the application and to get a better idea of how a system like this would operate in the real world.