We describe the analysis of heat flow in a type of tunable optical fiber grating that uses thin-film resistive heaters microfabricated on the surface of the fiber. The high rate of heat loss from these microstructures and the relatively low thermal diffusivity of the glass yield unusual thermal properties. Approximate one-dimensional analytical calculations capture important aspects of the thermal characteristics of these systems. Comparison with experimental results that we obtained from devices with established designs validates certain features of the computations. This modeling also establishes the suitability of integrated thin-film heaters for several new types of tunable fiber grating devices.
© 2000 Optical Society of America
(060.2340) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics components
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications
(230.1480) Optical devices : Bragg reflectors
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices
John A. Rogers, Paulina Kuo, Ashish Ahuja, Benjamin J. Eggleton, and Rebecca J. Jackman, "Characteristics of Heat Flow in Optical Fiber Devices That Use Integrated Thin-Film Heaters," Appl. Opt. 39, 5109-5116 (2000)