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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 51, Iss. 13 — May. 1, 2012
  • pp: 2282–2287

Uniformly thinned optical fibers produced via HF etching with spectral and microscopic verification

Harpreet K. Bal, Zourab Brodzeli, Nicoleta M. Dragomir, Stephen F. Collins, and Fotios Sidiroglou  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 51, Issue 13, pp. 2282-2287 (2012)

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A method for producing uniformly thinned (etched) optical fibers is described, which can also be employed to etch optical fibers containing a Bragg grating (FBG) uniformly for evanescent-field-based sensing and other applications. Through a simple modification of this method, the fabrication of phase-shifted FBGs based on uneven etching is also shown. The critical role of how a fiber is secured is shown, and the success of the method is illustrated, by differential interference contrast microscopy images of uniformly etched FBGs. An etched FBG sensor for the monitoring of the refractive index of different glycerin solutions is demonstrated.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics sensors
(120.4610) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical fabrication
(280.1415) Remote sensing and sensors : Biological sensing and sensors
(060.3735) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber Bragg gratings

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: October 13, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: February 9, 2012
Published: April 25, 2012

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Harpreet K. Bal, Zourab Brodzeli, Nicoleta M. Dragomir, Stephen F. Collins, and Fotios Sidiroglou, "Uniformly thinned optical fibers produced via HF etching with spectral and microscopic verification," Appl. Opt. 51, 2282-2287 (2012)

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