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  • Editor: Glenn D. Boreman
  • Vol. 44, Iss. 30 — Oct. 20, 2005
  • pp: 6402–6411

Efficient fabrication of fused-fiber biconical taper structures by a scanned CO2 laser beam technique

Fabien Bayle and Jean-Pierre Meunier  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 44, Issue 30, pp. 6402-6411 (2005)

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The driving mechanism of a scanning mirror can cause significant impairment of expanded beam properties, which we investigated for several scanning waveforms. Engineering on the scanning waveform is then carried out by a scanned CO2 laser beam technique to enlarge the uniform heating region for stretching and sintering of silica fibers. Details of the derivation are given. A simple thermal model is presented to account for the relationship between the scanning beam profile and the taper shape. Fusion profiles are also compared for various scanning waveforms. The corresponding scanned beam power distributions are determined experimentally, which enables us to determine precise power density conditions for CO2 laser fusion.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.0060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics and optical communications
(060.1810) Fiber optics and optical communications : Buffers, couplers, routers, switches, and multiplexers
(060.2280) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber design and fabrication
(060.2340) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics components

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: January 3, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: March 30, 2005
Published: October 20, 2005

Fabien Bayle and Jean-Pierre Meunier, "Efficient fabrication of fused-fiber biconical taper structures by a scanned CO2 laser beam technique," Appl. Opt. 44, 6402-6411 (2005)

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