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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 51, Iss. 22 — Aug. 1, 2012
  • pp: 5442–5452

Concurrent three-dimensional characterization of the refractive-index and residual-stress distributions in optical fibers

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

Applied Optics, Vol. 51, Issue 22, pp. 5442-5452 (2012)

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A three-dimensional index-stress distribution (3DISD) measurement method for determining concurrently the refractive-index distributions (RIDs) and residual-stress distributions (RSDs) in optical fibers is presented. The method combines the quantitative-phase microscopy technique, the Brace–Köhler compensator technique, and computed tomography principles. These techniques are implemented on a common apparatus to enable concurrent characterization of the RID and the RSD. Measurements are performed on Corning SMF-28 fiber in an unperturbed section and in a section exposed to CO2 laser radiation. The concurrent measurements allow for the first accurate comparison of the collocated RID and RSD. The resolutions of the refractive index and stress are estimated to be 2.34×105 and 0.35 MPa, respectively.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2270) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber characterization
(060.2310) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics
(060.2400) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber properties
(110.0180) Imaging systems : Microscopy

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

Original Manuscript: April 9, 2012
Revised Manuscript: June 18, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: June 27, 2012
Published: July 27, 2012

Michael R. Hutsel and Thomas K. Gaylord, "Concurrent three-dimensional characterization of the refractive-index and residual-stress distributions in optical fibers," Appl. Opt. 51, 5442-5452 (2012)

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