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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 48, Iss. 30 — Oct. 20, 2009
  • pp: 5664–5667

High power handling shape memory alloy optical fiber connector

Dominic Faucher, Alex Fraser, Patrick Zivojinovic, Xavier Pruneau Godmaire, Éric Weynant, Martin Bernier, and Réal Vallée  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 30, pp. 5664-5667 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.48.005664


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Abstract

We present a novel shape memory alloy-based optical fiber splicing device that can provide robust, low loss, and high power handling splices between single-mode fibers of identical or entirely different glass compositions. The achieved splice loss was as low as 0.12 dB between two SMF-28 fibers with an average value of 0.23 dB . To the best of our knowledge, this is the first demonstration of a purely mechanical splicing device that can withstand optical powers in excess of 10 W with various combinations of silica and fluoride fibers. The device can be used in moderate to high power all-fiber components, especially those involving junctions unsuitable to fusion splicing, such as fiber lasers and amplifiers based on fluo ride, chalcogenide, or microstructured fibers.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2340) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics components
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: June 30, 2009
Revised Manuscript: September 11, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: September 25, 2009
Published: October 12, 2009

Citation
Dominic Faucher, Alex Fraser, Patrick Zivojinovic, Xavier Pruneau Godmaire, Éric Weynant, Martin Bernier, and Réal Vallée, "High power handling shape memory alloy optical fiber connector," Appl. Opt. 48, 5664-5667 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-48-30-5664


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