OSA's Digital Library

Applied Optics

Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 49, Iss. 31 — Nov. 1, 2010
  • pp: 6189–6195

Optical interrupter for high peak power transfer in laser initiation systems

Xing-hai Zhao, Guang-cun Shan, Qing Yang, Bo Yang, and Yang Gao  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 49, Issue 31, pp. 6189-6195 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.49.006189


View Full Text Article

Enhanced HTML    Acrobat PDF (1131 KB)





Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


   


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools

Share
Citations

Abstract

An optical interrupter for high-power transfer is developed for application in laser ignition or initiation systems, to prevent unintended detonation of a laser detonator while ensuring that detonation will reliably take place when needed. The optical switch acting as a high-power optical energy interrupter is investigated through simulations and experiment. The prototype of this novel optical interrupter, which has been designed and fabricated, employs microelectromechanical system V-grooves for precise positioning of optical fibers, a miniature cam for the actuator, and a stepper motor for the drive source. The cam’s rotary movement displaces the input fiber so that it is aligned with the output fiber. The main performance parameters have been achieved. The insertion loss is found to be 0.4 dB (without antireflection coatings) with a maximum power handling capacity of 2 MW . Switching time is approximately 50 ms with channel isolation between the on and off states of 20 dB .

© 2010 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(230.2285) Optical devices : Fiber devices and optical amplifiers
(250.6715) Optoelectronics : Switching

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: June 17, 2010
Revised Manuscript: October 3, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: October 5, 2010
Published: October 29, 2010

Citation
Xing-hai Zhao, Guang-cun Shan, Qing Yang, Bo Yang, and Yang Gao, "Optical interrupter for high peak power transfer in laser initiation systems," Appl. Opt. 49, 6189-6195 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-49-31-6189


Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset  

References

  1. D. T. Neilson and E. Schenfeld, “Free-space optical relay for the interconnection of multimode fibers,” Appl. Opt. 38, 2291–2296 (1999). [CrossRef]
  2. J. Duparré, B. Götz, and R. Göring, “Micro-optical 1×4 fiber switch for multimode fibers with 600μm core diameters,” Appl. Opt. 42, 6889–6896 (2003). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  3. A. V. Danilyan, V. A. Shulgin, and V. E. Chernov, “Optimization of the input losses in fiber-optic communications with an acousto-optic all-optical switch,” Appl. Opt. 45, 4319–4324(2006). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  4. J. J. Yang, F. H. Chu, and J. Lv, “Performance of an optical packet switch with fixed wavelength converter arrays under bursty traffic,” Appl. Opt. 48, 4885–4892 (2009). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  5. K. R. Cochran, L. Fan, and D. L. Devoe, “Moving reflector type micro optical switch for high-power transfer in a MEMS-based safety and arming system,” J. Micromech. Microeng. 14, 138–146 (2004). [CrossRef]
  6. K. R. Cochran, L. Fan, and D. L. Devoe, “High-power optical microswitch based on direct fiber actuation,” Sens. Actuators A 119, 512–519 (2005). [CrossRef]
  7. M. Beamesderfer, S. Chen, D. Devoe, E. Lither, and K. Johnson, “Analysis of an optical energy interrupter for MEMS based safety and arming system,” Proc. SPIE 3880, 101–112(1999). [CrossRef]
  8. M. Herding, G. Somogyi, U. Mescheder, and P. Woias, “A new micromachined optical fiber switch for instrumentation purposes,” Proc. SPIE 5455, 264–273 (2004). [CrossRef]
  9. X. H. Zhao, Y. Gao, M. J. Xu, W. T. Duan, and H. W. Yu, “Characteristics of high-peak pulsed laser induced damage to fibers,” Proc. SPIE 6825, 682516 (2007). [CrossRef]
  10. X. H. Zhao, Y. Gao, M. J. Xu, W. T. Duan, and H. W. Yu, “Studies on nanosecond laser induced damage to silica fibers,” Acta Phys. Sin. 57, 5027–5034 (2008) (in Chinese).

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.


« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited