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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 48, Iss. 26 — Sep. 10, 2009
  • pp: 4985–4995

Accurate cross-sectional stress profiling of optical fibers

Michael R. Hutsel, Reeve Ingle, and Thomas K. Gaylord  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 26, pp. 4985-4995 (2009)

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A novel technique for determining two-dimensional, cross-sectional stress distributions in optical fibers and fiber-based devices is presented. Use of the Brace–Köhler compensator technique and a polarization microscope for the measurement of retardation due to stress-induced birefringence is described, along with the tomographic reconstruction process for the determination of stress. Measurements are performed on Corning SMF-28 fiber in an unperturbed section, a section near a cleaved end-face, and a section exposed to CO 2 laser radiation. Cross-sectional stress distributions are presented. Stress relaxation is quantified in the cleaved fiber and the fiber exposed to CO 2 laser radiation.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.2270) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber characterization
(060.2400) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber properties
(110.0180) Imaging systems : Microscopy
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: July 16, 2009
Revised Manuscript: August 21, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: August 23, 2009
Published: September 2, 2009

Michael R. Hutsel, Reeve Ingle, and Thomas K. Gaylord, "Accurate cross-sectional stress profiling of optical fibers," Appl. Opt. 48, 4985-4995 (2009)

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